In Paul’s letter to the people of Corinth he wrote: “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.”
Remember how frustrating it is to drive when the windshield is fogged up? Have you bristled at waiting for the bathroom mirror to clear after a hot shower? On Tuesday, I was shoveling snow and my warm breath escaped through my scarf and fogged my glasses, and I could not see where I was shoveling. Have you ever been in the Majestic Theatre and have the movie start, only to realize it is out of focus? We want to see the world around us clearly and in focus, so we wear prescription glasses or contacts, have tinted windows to prevent glare and wear dark glasses protect our eyes from the sun.
Paul was saying that although there are things in this world and about God we cannot understand, or see clearly; one day we will be face to face with God, and know all things as God knows all things now.
Elders tell young people to be patient, because one day when they are older they will understand. We all have a little two year old in us that asks why of everything. Why is there war? Why do animals suffer? Why do babies die? Why is there pain? Scripture assures us that someday all things will be made clear, and will finally make sense. There is an old gospel hymn that says “trials dark on every hand, and we cannot understand…we will understand it better by and by.” Until then, Paul also reminds us that we walk by faith and not by sight.