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I Can't Make Out the Details!

November 19, 2015

Frosty the snowman... la, la, la, la, la, la laaaaaaa.......

Don't you just love that thick layer of ice on the windshield of your car first thing in the morning? Yeah, me neither. Here are a few possible ways to address the dilemma.

We could:

 

1. scrape the windshield. (Where did I put that scraper last March? Where are my warm gloves?)

 

B. let the vehicle idle for 5 minutes and allow the defrosters to warm the window. (How much gas is being burned and what kind of damage am I doing to my engine?)

 

3. flood the windshield with window washer solution. (Except, when the sprayer nozzles are clogged or the resevoir is empty)

 

C. park the thing in the garage the night before....(A little too late for that don't you think.)

 

5. stay at home till the frost leaves on its own. (I wonder how many people would actually consider this option?)

 

G. leave the frost alone and drive down the road with our head stuck out the window.  (Um, nope!)

 

For every situation there are often multiple solutions. Some are good, some silly, and some aren't really options.  When considering what heaven is like we come face to face with a veil that won't allow us to peer into the unknown. How can we see more clearly?  We seek answers to some things God has reserved for mystery.

 

        "However, as it is written: No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has

        prepared for those who love him..." (1 Corinthians 2:9, NIV)

 

Loving Christ is our first step in peering unimpeded through that frosted windshield.  But wait!


         "...but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.

         (1 Corinthians 2:10, NIV)

 

God's Spirit is our help and if we have allowed Jesus into our heart and mind, we have this Spirit!  So, this text sounds like we can know something about God's future plan's for us. We can see through the 'frost covered windshield' after all..... well, sort of.

 

As I have grown older, I ponder what is ahead for my family and I realize more of my life has already been lived then what is yet to be experienced. (Unless I live to be 111.....*shudder*) I would love to see future events and know what will occur. I would feel more at ease knowing my family has secrurity after I am gone. I strain to make out these details and can see some positive things taking shape. I see a wife and children who have a growing faith in Christ and ones who are impacting the Kingdom of God.  I can see an image of my Savior and think how much better I would feel if I could see Him more clearly.

 

        "Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then

        I shall know fully, even as I am fully known." (1 Corinthians 13:12, NIV)

 

In this tension, we live and practice our faith in God's plan. It isn't easy being unable to see details. Most days, we will simply have to trust God to have our best interest in mind. In case you are unsure about this statement, He does.  Somewhere in the future, we will see a clear 'face to face' moment with Jesus Christ that will last through eternity.

 

The frosted windshield will become clear and all that we took by faith will become sight.

No scraping, heating, flooding, ignoring, or living with doubt.

 

Today, if you can't see the future real well just remember God is already in the future preparing our way. Walk in His plan. Trust.

 

 

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