Daily Archives: March 19, 2015

Peering Through a Mist

 “We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!” 1 Corinthians 13:12 Message

I love this verse, but so many people miss it because it’s stuck right in between the love chapter in 1 Corinthians. I love the description of the mist and fog in the Message. Here are some other descriptions from other versions:

  • “dim image in a mirror” Good News Translation
  • “blurred image in a mirror” God’s Word Translation
  • “reflection in a mirror” Common English Bible
  •  “For now we see in a mirror, darkly;” American Standard Verison
  • “cloudy picture in a mirror.” Contemporary English Version
  • “For now we see through a glass, darkly;” King James Version

To give a more explanation here’s the Living version:

 “In the same way, we can see and understand only a little about God now, as if we were peering at his reflection in a poor mirror; but someday we are going to see him in his completeness, face-to-face. Now all that I know is hazy and blurred, but then I will see everything clearly, just as clearly as God sees into my heart right now.”

Just think about it, all the

Craziness

Hurt

Pain

Sorrow

Bad

Grief

Corruption

Evilness

Just plain bad

Will make sense. We will understand everything that doesn’t make sense. Our ‘dirty window’ will be washed clean and we will be able to understand why everything happens the way it does. The mist will lift and the sun will come out.

James 4:14 (NIV) says:

“Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”

We are the mist that will lift and we will understand everything in the world with God. We are looking at heaven and God through a dirty window pane – unable to see their greatness. We are the temporary mist that God will lift from our window pane.

When we die and go to heaven, not only will God wash away our sins; but also wash our window to see how GREAT he is.

We are mists. Our earthly understandings are mists. We are earthly understandings that will vanish like mists before God’s morning light.

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The Great Had A Name

“I had a name.” Tears fall. “I had everything, yet nothing at all. I had breathe.  I had blood pumping through me. I had warmth to my skin. I had hair that would grow. I had . . . life. I had acids in my stomach to digest what I had for breakfast. I had finger and toe nails to be cut. I had a pulse. But now . . . I don’t.”

“Did someone take these . . . qualities from you?”

“No, I took them from myself.”

Tears fall.

“But I’m still able to cry. I wasn’t suppose to be able to cry.”

Stares off in the distance, then comes back to whatever reality this is.

“I was suppose to lose everything, but my name, and I was okay with that. Truly I was. But I lost my name. I was suppose to lose all the bad. But I lost . . . everything,” said shaking.

“What were you to gain?”

“Everything. I had to lose everything to gain even more. I was to gain greatness. I ask you, what is the difference between good and great? The notoriety of it. I want to be notorious.”

Tears fall.

“But can I? Am I able to anymore?”

For a lack of better words, breathes deeply, even though there is no more breathing.

“If I have no name, what will they call me when I am great? The Great one? But I am not he. The Great? Of what I ask? Who am I?” Stretching out the words.

“They will call you by your name.”

“What name is that? A name makes a person. I am no one, nothing, unless I have a name.”

“Your new name is, ‘The Great Had A Name.’ For then they will have know what you have lost and will follow you because they have lost their’s as well.”

“But they lost their’s to others. I – somehow – took mine. Will they follow me then?”

“No one has to know.”

“But I will know. I will be lying. I wasn’t suppose to be able to.”

“Just be glad you can, The Great Had A Name.”

“It has a ring to it doesn’t?”

“Go be notorious.”