When I Can't See The Big Picture

1 Corinthians 13 : 12
"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."


I have never thought much about mirrors! I actually try to avoid mirrors for the most part, and here I read that we are looking through a mirror all the time.

A mirror doesn’t show everything, and when I think of a mirror during the time that the Bible was written, mirrors then must have been harder to see through. There would be no electricity to get the lighting just right. Did they even have cleaning supplies to get all the dirt off? Even with all the lights we can ask for and cleaners galore, a mirror today can only show in part. I can’t see my back, and if I turn to try to, I can’t see something else. I can’t see me completely!

With God, I can’t see the big picture. I have so many questions, and I get anxious when I can’t find the answers. 

For now we see in a mirror dimly…
— 1 Corinthians 13 : 12

Why have family members died of cancer and why have some become cancer survivors? Why did my close friend in high school die in a car accident? Why have friends had miscarriages? Why do people lose their jobs when they have families that need to be fed? Why is my child having a hard time making friends at school? Why haven’t my daughters shown true regenerate hearts?

Even with all of these struggles and thoughts, I can rest and be content by reading the second part of 1 Corinthians 13:12. It says that one day we will see everything in full. 

My goal should not necessarily be knowledge in every last detail of God’s working, but rather to seek and know Him through His Word.  

As I study the Bible, I find that even though we see in part, God sees the whole. He is good and trustworthy. And one day, everything will make sense.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
— Jeremiah 29:11, ESV

It may not always feel like God’s plan gives us a hope and future, but He knows the beginning and the end of time. He sees in full.  We can trust and believe that He is in control.