For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 1 Corinthians 13:12
It’s a challenge to film dancers in a room where entire walls are mirrors and keep yourself and your camera out of the shot. I was recently at a youth camp taking video for our sports ministry, and one of the activities they have is dance. One of the best ways to take video without filming yourself is to capture the shot indirectly - through the mirror. The problem was that the mirror was terribly dirty! Our team went the night before filming again and meticulously cleaned the mirrors. A dirty or dim mirror is frustrating, which brings us to the passage in 1 Corinthians.
While we’re in these bodies our view of God is dimmed, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t make efforts to clean the mirror. A pastor and author from the early 20th century who I really enjoy is AW Tozer, who wrote, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” I couldn’t agree more. I want my image of God to be as accurate as possible! How can we see God in a clearer, more true way? By diving into the Bible and seeking His face, being in close community with other Christ followers, and nurturing our thirst for Him.
What comes to your mind when you think about God?
Is there something God wants you to do to see Him more clearly?
Another thing I see in this verse is the need to recognize that my view of God is far from complete. No matter how much I think I know, God is too big to wrap my mind around. Profound humility is in order. Eternity lasts a long time, do you think we might get bored? I can understand how one might think so. But if you consider that in heaven we have the opportunity to get to know and relate to the infinitely good and amazing creator of the universe, I think it will be captivating without end. Paul writes that one day we will know God as fully as He knows us!