Being Grateful To See
Reading through I Corinthians 13 there is a verse which makes a great illustration:
"For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known."
- I Corinthians 13:12
Now we see! Now we are able to see. Right now! Even if it is dimly, but we can see. And thank the Lord who opened our eyes to see, namely, to see Him, the one who created us. We should also be grateful that He fulfills our desire to see Him, He allows us to see His wonderful glory. ”He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6c) Are we grateful for being able to see in this dim mirror?
Back in the days when the Bible was written, it was popular to have a polished metal plate as a mirror, not as one of the glass mirrors we have nowadays. I would imagine it being as reflective as the surface of a fancy silver tray that we use in these times to serve beverages, but I assume even one of those trays might be better than the mirrors that they had. Those were their mirrors that were available millenniums ago, quite opaque compared to our modern mirrors. Using these opaque mirrors, one would have to focus and squint to really get an idea of what is being reflected. One would even grab a cloth and wipe away at this metal mirror to get a clearer vision. To clear up one’s reflection, per se.
Now, knowing and being thankful we have this opaque mirror in verse 12, here are some self-analyzing questions I make:
- Am I seeking to see God clearly?
- Am I grateful to see God?
- Am I placing things aside, wiping away everything that opaques my vision?
All this considering, and also knowing, the undeniable fact that it is a great, great, great privilege to see God.