Sunday, October 24, 2004

I Can See Clearly Now

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All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God knows me now. - I Corinthians 13:12b nlt

Big, sparkly watches are in vogue. While watching the shopping channel recently, I saw the prettiest, most sparkly one yet, and as a bonus, it came with several different colored straps to coordinate with outfits.

When the watch arrived a few days later, I tore open the packaging. It didn’t sparkle like I thought it would, but I liked it anyway. Running late for church, I chose the appropriate strap, donned my new watch, and ran out the door to church.

I sat down in the pew next to Rachel. She’s thirteen and spotted my purchase. “Cool!” she said, and I felt less like an old lady for just a second. The backside of the watch felt clammy, so I took it off and handed to Rachel for inspection. She giggled, and said, “Donna, you forgot to take the plastic wrapping off the back.” We laughed, and then I whispered, “It’s not as sparkly as I wanted, but it’s cute, isn’t it?”

Upon hearing my observation, Rachel dissolved into laughter. “Didn’t you notice you’d left the plastic film on the front, too?” With that, she peeled back the protective piece of film put on to protect the top during delivery. I put my glasses on and watched as she revealed the brightest, shiniest face I’d seen. It did look like the one on television! Without my reading glasses, I’d been clueless. I felt like an old lady again.

When Paul wrote to the believers in Corinth, he said, “We don't yet see things clearly. We're squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won't be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We'll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!” (I Corinthians 13:12 msg)

I hate having to wear glasses. I squint, and sometimes feel as if I’m looking through fog. This comes in handy when I’m inspecting for wrinkles, but not so convenient when trying to tell the time.

God’s glory shines so bright we cannot look upon His face. We peer through a mist. For now our understanding is limited. But one day, we will see God clearly. And as the old song goes, “We’ll understand it better by and by.” When we’re in heaven, we’ll know things instantly and our knowledge will be full and complete. We will know God just as He knows us. Won’t it be wonderful when we will be able to see God clearly – face to face! And in heaven- I won’t need glasses. Praise the Lord!

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the promise of Heaven, and the anticipation of seeing You face to face. Help me to be faithful to share Your love with others. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.


  1. "I can see clearly now, the rain is gone. I can see all obstacles in my way." When I saw your subject line, this song popped in my head. It bought back a lot of younger memories of times when the fog was thick.

    I, too, have found myself lately having to wear my reading glasses, but they're either upstairs or downstairs when I need them. I then have to resort to asking my ten-year-old to read medicine labels for me. Then I ask myself - when did this happen? I have had reading glasses since I was seven, and did without them until a couple of years ago.

    I sympathies with you when going from feeling young to feeling old. A song from earlier times comes on the radio and I start to dance and sing to it. I am back in the 60's or 70's, or even 80's - feeling good. Then my seven-year-old stares at me and says, "Mom, you're weird."

    But after it is all said and done, my main feeling is that I have never been better in my life. God has blessed me with a wonderful family and a good home. I thank him every day of my life, and especially during Mass on Sunday for the way my life has turned out. Even being divorced from my first husband, and if I had to do it all over again, I would do the same, because in order to get to where I am today, I had to go through yesterday first.


  2. Donna,

    Loved this piece! "I Can See Clearly Now" helped to open my eyes and mind as to what's around me. I've done the same thing as you, pertaining to your watch, several times. What a great story in relation to God and the clarity He brings to all matters--great or small.

    Some articles are remembered for a short time while some are remembered for a long, long time. This article will be with me a lifetime--it impressed my soul, so...

    God Bless, Donna!

    P.S. Thank you so much for viewing my article! I love spreading His glorious news!

  3. I love the devotional! Reminds of times when I have had a garment tag still attached while I am out and about with the new outfit on—looking quite ridiculous I might add! Ha ha ha!

    Thanks for the devotionals—I always pass them on to friends here at school and others.

    WE appreciate you!



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