New Glasses

What we see now is like a dim image in a mirror, then we shall see face to face. What I see now is only partial: then it will be complete – as complete as God's knowledge of me. 1 Corinthians 13 v 12 (Good News Bible)

I need new glasses. My reading glasses are fine. I can see things close up and if the details are blurred I can always use the magnifying glass in the kitchen drawer.

I’m fine for distance – I can see the bus numbers right down the street. It is the middle distance that I have problems with. If I sit where I normally do to watch television, it's okay for close-ups but crowd scenes are a little blurred, and if there are words running along the bottom of the screen, forget it. I just can’t make them out any longer.

So next week I’ve an appointment with the optician and all will be well. But what about my Christian life? The near is fine. I know what I am doing in the immediate future – I have a role in my local church and know what I’ll be doing for the next little while.

The far distance is fine too. I am sure of my salvation, sure because of the words of Christ that one day I will be with Him in heaven.

It is the bit in between that I can’t see clearly. Where is my Christian life going? What does God want of me in the years that I have left on this earth. I don’t know – they are even more blurred than that television screen.

But that passage I quoted earlier goes on to say ‘These three remain, faith, hope and love.’ In some ways it would be nice to know what is going to happen, but it doesn’t really matter. What does is that I have a hope of the future, faith in God and His love in my life.

Last night I watched a video by John Ortberg. One thing he said stood out for me. ”Did you ever read in the Bible that God worried?” Of course the answer is ‘No’ – so why do we worry. Our future is secure with God.
Thank you God for the promise of a future with You. We may not know all that that involves, but it doesn’t matter. What matters is that You have our future in your hands, Thank You Lord for that security. Amen.