Words from the Heart for Friday February 21st, 2020
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 (NIV)
Face to Face
Back in 1957, in an article in Maclean’s Magazine titled “The Changing Face of Canada,” Peter C. Newman wrote, “Ten million people now live in Canada’s seven hundred and thirty-five cities and towns. By 1980, if the experts are correct, these same centres will have twenty-two million residents. They are already growing at a rate which has, since 1941, averaged nearly a quarter of a million a year. These statistics, actual and projected, mean that the country’s urban areas are changing faster and more dramatically than ever before in history.
I travel a lot, and when I do, I keep photos of my wife, children and grandchildren on my cell phone. Those photos help when I’m a long way from home and wishing I was closer to those I love the most. But once or twice a year, my wife travels with me. And during those trips, I never once glance at those pictures of her on my phone. As much as a blessing as the photos are, they pale in comparison to having her with me. The Bible uses this very analogy to speak about our spiritual lives. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 13:12, “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.” As much as we study the Bible, and spend time with the Lord in prayer, as much as we understand our relationship as children of our Heavenly Father, none of that can compare to what it will be like when we see Jesus face to face.
These have been words from the heart.