Glimpses

Yesterday, we were fortunate enough to be able to visit Nostell Priory (and many thanks to the man with the buggy who enabled me to get from  the car park to the courtyard that meant I could have a gentle potter in the garden).

Just behind the house is a Lakeland Walk.  Tantalizingly through the trees you can see the lake

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAt any point, certainly on that part of the lake, you can catch glimpses of the water.  But at no point can you see it all.  There are hints, suggestions, reassurance that there is a lake – but you can’t see the whole thing.

And then, just as you turn to leave, the hint that there is so much more …

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMore than you can see in one scene, more than you can see through the beautiful trees, so much more than could be taken in.

How this reminded me of God.

Sometimes we only catch glimpses.  We can see him, but only part of him, we know he is there – though not always the full picture.  There is so much more to know and discover.

So I am grateful for what I can see and know, and yet longing for how much more there is yet to see

12 Now all we can see of God
is like a cloudy picture
    in a mirror.
Later we will see him
    face to face.
We don’t know everything,
    but then we will,
just as God completely
    understands us.  1 Corinthians 13:12 (CEV)

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