Lessons,  Spiritual Growth

A New View

After living 30 years in a 37 year old house, we finally replaced the windows! We have some big windows, which sold me on this house due to all the natural sunlight. But we never realized how cloudy the old ones were until the new windows were installed. The difference is amazing…going from  double panes with lots of cross bars in the glass that can’t be cleaned, and needed it, to clear views that look like there is no glass at all. I feel like I can reach out and touch the trees!

Because I love being outside and seeing animals behind our house, it feels almost like our den is a sun room! But who knew! I never realized how unclear the old windows were until we replaced them. How obstructed the view really was.

Isn’t that how it is with our spiritual eyes? With our human attempts to understand life on earth and what God allows into our lives, we only see partially. Scripture tells us, “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, as I am fully known” (1 Corinthians 13:12). 

This verse is in the “love chapter” and Paul is referencing maturity and immaturity as he compares that to infancy and adulthood. Our understanding grows as we grow spiritually although we will not fully understand everything about God and His ways until we are with Him face to face. 

Intentionality and investment of time with the Lord, studying the Word, and praying for clarity, helps us mature as we get to know Jesus more. Little by little our understanding grows and vision ls clearer. This side of eternity, we see only what God allows, and often it’s confusing. 

But one day we will understand everything we need to about Christ and heavenly things, like looking through our new clear glass windows with no cross bars obstructing our view. Until then, let’s be diligent to know Him and obey whatever He reveals to us!

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