A Mirror Dimly

January 5: 1 Corinthians 13: 8-13

"For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known." 

We are often frustrated by the fact that ideas of our faith can seem abstract, hard to grasp and out-of-touch with our daily lives. We wish that God would be clearer with us and easier to "get our minds around" so to speak. The scriptures tell us that there is a reason for this frustration, and that the reason doesn't have to do with a lack on God's part. 

Rather, the lack is on our part, and that's ok. We can't fully grasp God because God's reality is beyond our own. Like someone looking into an ancient mirror and seeing a faint and blurry outline (George Bashian reminded me recently that these mirrors were made of polished metal as opposed to glass), our sight and our power of intellect are limited. We can't see all that there is of the reality around us. We are limited beings. 

Instead of saying "if I can't see it fully, it must not exist," when it comes to aspects of our faith it is much better to strive to be better seers who are humble in the acceptance of our limitations. This is the beginning of wisdom.