Into the Mystic

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!

13 But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.  

1 Corinthians 13:12-13

In the space between seeing and not seeing, what is that which remains? In the half-lit days that stretch for weeks on end, the space between dreams and desires and their fulfillment, the space between Word of God spoken and Word of God fulfilled, there is a stretching on the inside that invites me to deepen that which sustains.  To cultivate that which will always remain.  Discover anew the very thing that is essential to life.  Faith. The substance of that which I desperately hope for but cannot yet see.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

What does this mean?  How do I practically lay hold of this faith, this substance?  Does it comfort me in the waiting? Does it give me an assurance when nothing is happening? What do I do with the concept of faith?

Three things to do to lead us toward that consummation; trust, hope, love.

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