“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
Apparently, driving on interstate highways is boring; so boring that many of the drivers that I pass (or pass me!) are on their phones. I know. I know it’s against the law, but – did I mention how boring it must be to simply drive at 70 miles an hour while NOT looking at your phone?
Paying attention to what is important these days is often obscured by a plethora of distractions. Something that is right in front of us is often not seen because – we have chosen not to look. Or understand what we are looking at. Or care.
Then, there are those things that are beyond our comprehension simply because our physical eyes cannot see. Tiny things like atoms have to be understood by things other than our eyes. Sun spots are blocked out by the brilliance of the sun itself. One can think of many other examples.
When it comes to abstract concepts such as “eternity” or “spirituality”, we may recognize a few things in our experiences, but mostly we have to depend on God’s revealed Word. The thing about God’s Word (the Bible) is that, while we can spend a lifetime studying it – we still have questions. We won’t know everything that we’d like to know – until we are able to leave this corrupt world – a world that distracts us constantly.
What we do have is enough though – for now. And yet, there is instilled in every one of us the desire to be known perfectly. For the Christian this also includes the desire to be back into a perfect relationship with the One who created us in the first place.
Is there anything more distracting than being a teenager in high school? Probably – but whatever you can think of, it ranks right up there. So, does one embrace the distractions – just for fun to see where it takes us? Or, could this be a time to make sure that what is really important is consistently placed before us. Personally, I think reality is more exciting.
We believe the later is the better choice. Besides, boring is in the eye of the beholder.
Rev. Paul M. Mehl