Perfect Clarity

Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
—1 Corinthians 13:12
The reflection I saw near the lake was like a painting.
Subtle colors, mirroring themselves in the still, quiet water.
Ripples bending the shapes into patterns of light and shadows.
The reflection wasn’t far from the true image of the plants growing close to the water’s edge.
We are not far from seeing our lives in perfect clarity, either.
When we enter Heaven, we will know everything completely, just as God now knows us completely.
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Only a Reflection

Walking along by the water, the image on its still surface drew my eyes toward it.

The blue of the sky, the green of the leaves on the branches—all displayed in a natural mirror.

It was only a reflection…

 

For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.

Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

—1 Corinthians 13:12

 

 

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A Reflection

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It had rained so much this morning and in recent days that the end of my driveway was filled with water.

While walking my dog, I noticed that the sun was coming out, finally.

As we walked toward the driveway, I noticed the sun was reflecting in the water as an intensely bright light.

Noticing how the trees nearby had taken on a surreal look as an occasional leaf or bubble floated on the surface, I decided to photograph the watery canvas.

Paul relates in his letter to the people of Corinth in the New Testament that our understanding is limited on this side of eternity:

For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

—1 Corinthians 13:12

When we see a reflection, I think it is only natural for our eyes to then move to that which has been reflected.

We want to see the “real thing.”

There will be a day for those who believe in Jesus, when we will know fully and be fully known.

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So the Heart Reflects the Real Person

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Early morning.

The boardwalk was quiet for the most part.

I passed a couple of people fishing off the rail.

Silent birds gliding through the still, moist air made their way across the wide expanse of the water.

The lake before me was like a perfect mirror, reflecting the perfect beauty all around.

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As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person.

—Proverbs 27:19

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Rather, He Delights

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I had only been to the restaurant once before.

Located at the shoreline of a large lake, the scenery was delightful.

Walking along a wooden deck after dinner, I noticed the property right beside the restaurant.

A home had been built there.

In the backyard, a boat and chair sat, waiting to be used.

The boat would take the owners out on the water, allowing them to fish or just enjoy the movement of the gentle waves.

The chair would allow them to sit and take in the beauty of the lake before them, watching the sun set over the calm water.

The boat and the chair did not just happen along in the yard.

Someone purchased them and placed them where they could be used.

There was a plan.

A deliberate plan.

 

Do I plan to notice what God has made?

Do I plan to enjoy what He has provided for me?

Do I make a deliberate plan to focus on His presence?

 

Blessed is the person who does not
    follow the advice of wicked people,
        take the path of sinners,
            or join the company of mockers.
Rather, he delights in the teachings of the Lord
    and reflects on his teachings day and night.
He is like a tree planted beside streams—
    a tree that produces fruit in season
        and whose leaves do not wither.
    He succeeds in everything he does.

—Psalm 1:1-3

 

 

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