I remember every spring, my parents washed our house’s windows as part of their seasonal cleaning.
I haven’t followed their pattern, but this spring, my husband John and I hired two men to do the job. It’s amazing how much clearer our windows look as a result. And how dirty the windows had gotten after a few years.
As I think about now seeing clearly through our house’s windows, I remember the scripture from 1 Corinthians 9-12, (Amplified Version): “For we know in part, and we prophecy in part (for our knowledge is fragmentary and incomplete.) But when that which is complete and perfect comes, that which is incomplete and partial will pass away.
“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.
“For now we see in a mirror dimly (a blurred reflection, a riddle, an enigma), but then (when the time of reflection comes we will see reality) face to face. Now I know in part (just in fragments), but then I will know fully, just as I have been known (by God).”
These verses cover a lot of territory. One point to remember is that the people in Jesus’ days on earth didn’t have glass mirrors like we have these days. Instead, they had highly polished metal. You can imagine how dim the images were when seen through that kind of mirror.
Also think about how little you knew when you were a child. You believed in all sorts of things you know now aren’t true, like that a man could travel the world during one night, delivering Christmas gifts. Similarly, we as humans only know the things of God dimly, incompletely. But one day we “will understand it all by and by,” as a hymn says.
So, we do not see clearly now — and we need to appreciate that. But one day — not anytime soon, we will be “adults” who know it all!
Donna Crowe is a minister’s wife.
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