12 For now we see only a 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
I have three masters degrees. I’m not telling you that to impress you. One in New Testament Studies, a general pastoral degree (M.Div) and a Masters of Pastoral Counseling.
I pastored for twenty years, a chaplain for ten, and a counselor for ten.
People told me I was good at what I did. I believed them. Armed with those beliefs I acted with reckless arrogance.
My arrogance was nearly my demise. I became the educated idiot. I was broken.
I tried desperately to put the pieces back together. Tried to find some semblance of wholeness.
God had to show me I didn’t have all the pieces to begin with
I only saw in part.
Now I live with whatever pieces and parts I have in the moment. It makes the moments much better and the living is good.
This helps me understand another saying of Paul: Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. (Philippians 3:12, NIV)
Each day provides new pieces. Each day I see a little more clearly. And one day I will see it all.
PRAYER: God of perfect vision, help me remember what I am seeing is imperfect. Forgive my arrogance and help me live with the pieces and parts of life…until I come to complete understanding in you. Amen.