"Then"

I’m so aware of the silence of this morning. My heart cries, and in the midst of this moment, veiled by a clouded sky, another blood moon is glowing. Is it not there because I cannot see it? Why am I so intensely aware of this moment above all others? Have you ever considered a moment in time as something unknowingly extraordinary? These moments seemingly no different than the previous yet in this one I sense God’s hand and assignment, a precious jewel of His display. A treasure viewed or hidden from sight, yet always desperate to reveal a destiny in the unknown. I Cor. 13:12 says, “For now we see through a glass darkly but then face to face, now I know in part but then shall I know even as also I am known.” (emphasis mine)

This journey of ours from the place of mere acquaintance with God where we might speak of Him, verses that of becoming fully aware of His being to the very depth of ours is to me like the blood moon in the early morning, glowing behind a shadowed curtain this day. Job put it another way at the end of his book, chapter 42:5 speaking to God he said, “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear but now my eye sees You.” 

So what is the key between the partial knowing and a heart filled to overflowing with understanding? That “knowing and being known” that will keep us hitting the mark every time?  I give you this, an obscure word...then…(look in I Cor. 13:12 again) a small, seemingly insignificant patch of moments strung together by a word….then. Like the silence in the early morning, this word bears witness to the mark of our Savior who faithfully was willing to become acquainted with all our sorrows, yet ever choice to stay transparent in order that we might come to know Him and be called forward into full view, coming “face to face” so that we are changed from glory to glory. This middle of darkness when the only vision we may have is that which is given to us by another as understanding, can we still keep our heart open to the mystery yet unfolding? When this knowing is not yet our own can we, like the blood moon place a trust in the unseen?

So what are you doing with the ‘then’ given to you? Will you allow it to become for you a place of greater awakening to the moment by moment revelation of what it means to walk in faith and not by sight? Check your availability to these moments given, as yet again our Lord offers an opportunity to all of us to embrace the assignment of the moment.