Beautiful, Hidden Ways
Beautiful, Hidden Ways
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 (ESV)
Dear Father, thank You for Your care, Your grace, and all Your glory at work beyond our eyes and understanding. Help us to walk by faith while we see dimly on this earth.
Unbelievably, I had walked over that stick countless times and only ever seen a nuisance, an inconvenience demanding removal to make the steps beautiful. Yet, right there on the other side of a 2×8 was something far more glorious and beautiful than clean steps: a home, a labor of love, and the miracle of new life.
Over the past two years, through the interruptions, losses, and confusion of the pandemic and through personal pain and startling disruptions to plans, I have often thought of that stick and the poignant reminder that things aren’t always what they seem. What more would we see or how different would situations look if we could view them from the other side – from the eternal?
When Scripture peels back the curtain on the previously hidden, we see God continually working in the unbearable and impossible to protect His people, reveal His glory, and bestow His grace: He led the Israelites the long way out of Egypt to keep them from war. When the disciples saw blindness as punishment, Jesus countered it was for God’s works to be displayed. When everyone else saw death, Jesus said that Jairus’ daughter and Lazarus were only sleeping and then brought them back to life.
As the birds build their nests this spring, may you remember that God works in your life, too, in beautiful, hidden ways.
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