Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. 1 Corinthians 13:12 (NLT)


I feel like I’m living in a dirty fishbowl. The house is in process of getting a new paint job and all the windows are covered in opaque plastic. It’s an eerie feeling to not be able to see the fountain in the back yard or the majestic mountains in front.

One of the things I like best about my den/office is that it faces east and south so that the sunshine streams through and brightens the room most of the day highlighting the magnificent view. I never thought I was claustrophobic but now I’m not so sure. Living in a gray world is depressing.

In many respects, I see our world covered in opaque plastic. There is no clarity about the outcome of the budget talks, the wars, the election, the financial markets, family health, job opportunities, gas prices, or the weather. I want to know outcomes and results but the answer I bump into is, “not now” or “not yet.”

I hear the paint sprayers so I know that eventually the plastic will come off and the job will be complete. It’s all I can do to sit and wait without going outside to “oversee” the painters. But that’s not my job.

God’s promise is one day we will see with crystal clear vision just as He knows every part of our body, each aspect of our personality, and our many strengths and weaknesses. It’s not His desire to keep us in the dark but He wants us to trust Him with the outcome and those everyday nuances of life.

In a couple of days, my house will be resplendent in its new covering. One day, I will, too, as a resident in my heavenly mansion. Until then…remember—He’s got everything under control.