On seeing through a glass…..until I see His face.


IMG_2147‘Things are seldom what they seem; skim milk masquerades as cream…’ so sings Buttercup in Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta. These words have been running through my mind the last few weeks…lyrics written long ago and yet so true. It reminds me of God’s directives on how we should look at life, constantly reminding ourselves that the here and now is not reality. That’s a foreign thought in a world where social media has become truth and success is measured by how many ‘likes’ a given post gets. We are all content to be instant celebrities and live for that feeling of positive affirmation we so deny we enjoy. The reality shows that aren’t real, are no different than our own lives. The sad truth is, it’s hard to remember that. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the artificiality of 21st century life. Never, in the history of man, have we had opportunity to say so much and been capable of saying so little. We are presently immersed in the melodrama of each other’s lives to such an extent that it seems we will not escape. But God….ah, there it is. God is real and if there’s one thing we can count on in this silly world, it’s that He remains. He’s seen it all— what was, and is, and is to come. As the catechism says, He has always been. He has neither beginning nor end. When all the kerfuffle and foolishness of our present society passes away, He will still be there. And then, then we will understand. The truth that has somehow been covered up by all the foolishness of mankind, will shine through. In the end, it will all be about God, as was always intended. (The chief end of man IS to glorify God, correct?) Right now, poor souls, we are wrapped up in our little lives, not quite understanding and ever yearning, but God…yes, the all powerful, ever present creator of the universe is there. Always. Now, that’s reality!Now we see through a glass dimly (not understanding), but then (in heaven) face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know even as I also am known.(He knows me, personally, every little thing.) I Cor. 13:12