For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. 1 Corinthians 13:12
One of my most awe-inspiring experiences in life is to view the stars on a clear night from a location away from city lights and noise. My father, born in 1909, became a pilot in the early days of flight. He wrote my mother a letter once when they were courting. “I flew an hour last night” he said. “Had a lot of fun. It was overcast, and I went up through the clouds. The moon was shining, and it was just as clear and sparkling as anything.” Knowing how much he loved flying, I can just imagine his thrill and amazement at those glorious stars shining in the dark night sky as he piloted his aircraft to penetrate those clouds. Perhaps I inherited his love of the sky, because it never ceases to bring tears to my eyes to view the constellations in the heavens on a clear night. The world just fades away in the light of those magnificent stars.
I imagine this same sense of awe inspired British song writer Helen Lemmel to pen the words of her famous hymn, “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.” Lemmel paraphrased a Sunday school gospel tract when she wrote, “Look full in His wonderful face/and the things of earth will grow strangely dim/in the light of His glory and grace.” I can only imagine what it would be like to see Jesus’s face, to gaze into His eyes and see the light and power and tenderness there. All of the lights of earth—nature’s sun, moon and stars, and every man made source of illumination—would pale in comparison to the radiance of His smile, His peaceful countenance, His all-knowing expression. And to know, seeing His face, that He loves me far more than I could hope or imagine, would be to find perfect peace and contentment. All my worries and fears would melt away in the holding power of just one glance from Christ.
The Apostle Paul said, in this earthly life we only “see” Christ dimly, as though viewing Him in a mirror (1 Corinthians 13:12). But when we see Him in heaven, we will view Him with new eyes, and the world will melt away.
Bright Star of Heaven, shine for us now and throughout eternity! Amen
Meg Blaine Corrigan is the author of three books: Then I Am Strong: Moving From My Mother’s Daughter to God’s Child; Perils of a Polynesian Percussionist; and Saints With Slingshots: Daily Devotions for the Slightly Tarnished But Perpetually Forgiven Christian. She holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of New Mexico and has over thirty years’ experience working with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, war veterans, and other trauma survivors. Her books may be purchased through her website, www.MegCorrigan.com or from www.amazon.com .