Sometimes God gives us glimpses of good things so we don’t lose our ever-lovin’ minds.
When your toddler plants a drooly kiss on your cheek (an hour after she has a big enough meltdown in Wal-Mart to draw the attention of security), that’s a glimpse that deep down she’s got a tender heart.
When your teenager announces he’s saved a little of his grass cutting money (he spent the majority of it on obnoxious music from iTunes) so he can buy his own dinner, that’s a glimpse that he is starting to cultivate good financial habits.
When your middle-schooler studies for and makes a good grade on a history test (after throwing a fit so loud you thought the neighbors might call DHR on you all because you took her phone away during study time), that’s a glimpse that she will work hard when faced with a test of a different kind.
When your athlete stays late for extra batting practice and delivers a base hit (after striking out at every bat for the last three games, sulking and punching a throw pillow from your sofa that didn’t deserve the abuse), that’s a glimpse that he is able to persevere through hard times.
Glimpses. Tiny moments in time that promise good things in the future. It’s a thumbnail picture of what we hope will be a larger portrait one day. Some days glimpses are just enough to bring us back to focusing on what is important in life – the love of a child, the development of good habits, the ability to persevere when life gets tough.
God gives us glimpses throughout the Bible. One of my favorite verses describing glimpses is 1 Corinthians 13:12: “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.”
We see glimpses of God’s character every day, in all different situations. If He showed His entirety to us we would probably just freak out because it would be too much to take in. So God gives us glimpses until we meet Him face to face.
Enjoy your glimpses from your Creator. See them for what they are – a snippet of good things to come.
(Oh, and when we are blessed with a day where the high was 87 degrees and low humidity in July instead of 98 degrees with 1000% humidity, that’s a glimpse that the cool, crisp, beautiful autumn days and COLLEGE FOOTBALL are just around the corner…)
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