“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
I feel this scripture to the back of my eyeballs, my optic nerve, and all the way back to the rods and cones. That is to say, I really feel this one! Imagine yourself trying to get ready for a headshot picture that will appear in a conference promotion where you are one of the main speakers, and consider that you don’t have on your glasses and cannot, for the life of you, unfog your mirror in your pre-dawn bathroom! Totally frustrating not being able to see clearly!
Over the last week I have run into more references about needing a change of perspective, an optic change, a lens change, a paradigm shift, a new mirror - a call to see familiar things in a new way, than I can count. And frankly, it has been especially impactful for me because along with these metaphors, my actual vision has shifted which has resulted in minor dizziness and trying to figure out what my prescription needs to be for my new glasses. I’m a walking, talking incarnation of this call for a paradigm shift.
So I’ve been especially open to a shift in perspective because staying the way I am is dizzying! I am open to seeing familiar things with a new lens of appreciation.
There are pieces of our faith that must be examined and even set aside for a time, until it is time again for them to return in order to make a complete picture - to bring us around full circle to wholeness. As we examine our life of faith, our belief system(s), and our core values it is important to be open to reintegrating things that you may have set aside, things that needed to be set aside at the time, but might be available to you again in this season, to serve you in a new and profound way.
Deconstructing faith, and questioning in places you once never doubted, can bring to the surface so many complex emotions. And as we befriend these parts of ourselves we begin to really see, and be seen, maybe for the first time. I don’t think it will always feel like looking into a foggy mirror, I believe for us that things will get brighter and clearer the more we stay open to the next lens change...and the next.
Prayer: God of new vision and sight, I welcome you to my optic nerve, all the way into my rods and cones. I want to see all my stuff differently. I desire your ways of seeing and knowing...let your sight be my sight. Help me shift, lord. Let it be done in and with me, and let it be so. Amen.