Friday, June 18, 2010

imperfect reflection

1 Corinthians 13:12Now we see but a poor 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.


This morning the weather is perfect...temperature about 70 degrees,  a brand new blue sky and sharply etched trees in the low-humidity air.  My favorite pond was calm and glassy, disturbed only by mild breezes and the ripples of turtle heads popping up like submarine periscopes.  The bald eagle perched motionless, as if modeling for a stamp artist, and there was a blanket of peace over all.  I thought about the reflection that the pond surface made of the trees along the edge.  At first glance it appeared a mirror image...but then I realized that the minor disturbances of the watery table top caused an imperfect picture that wavered and didn't precisely picture the surrounding scene, despite the calm conditions.  I thought about this life and our experiences in it.  We have a pond-like mirror of Heaven as our world reflects the hand of its Creator.  The ripples and disturbances of our natural world and of our personal lives make a perfect reflection impossible...but we do see Him, however unclearly.  One day, when days no longer define our lives, and eternity is fully realized we will no longer see Him in reflected glory.  We will see Him face to face, because we will be with Him with nothing between.  For now, we study Him in the puzzle of His reflection and we know Him in part.  But just as a mirror only has two dimensions while direct vision sees in depth, so we will see Him in clarity and depth...on the far side of this pond.



Rob Smith

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