“Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.” (1 Corinthians 13:12a)
On September 21, 2011 we lost a beloved member of our TruthMedia family. Dorothy Brown served with us for many years, both as an email mentor and also as a member of the editorial team, working diligently to prepare the daily devotionals which you all enjoy every day. Dorothy had a very aggressive cancer and by the time the doctors discovered that she was sick, she was already very sick.
When she wrote to me to tell me that she needed to take a break from entering the devos she wrote that she hoped to be back the next month. Dorothy was 74 and she had no plans to slow down. God’s plans were bigger than hers and now, as her husband Norm so beautifully put it, she has been “promoted to glory”.
In 1 Corinthians Paul writes of the reality of Heaven, how in that moment all of the things we have believed will suddenly be right before our eyes. We have glimpsed Jesus, but Dorothy has seen him face to face. She knows Him in a deeper way than all her years of Bible study could ever have taught her. I wonder what she asked Him first?
I do not know what you are facing today. Are you celebrating? Are you worried? Did you get the house? Are you waiting to hear about that job? Whatever the day holds, know this: we may see “through a glass darkly”, but God sees us exactly as we are.
We don’t need to fear tomorrow because God is already there. We don’t need to carry the burden of yesterday because God’s forgiveness has already rewritten our stories. We can, we must, live in the hope that a day is coming when we will see Him face to face, just like Dorothy.
Face to face. Can you imagine it? What an incredible promise. What an amazing hope we have.
Would you join me in praying for Dorothy’s family today? Her husband Norm has been fighting his own cancer for several years. His health situation is complicated and Dorothy was his primary care giver. Please pray that God would make a way for him. If you would like to be prayed for today, please use this link to submit a prayer request. We would love to pray for you.
Father, When I am confused and can’t see the way forward remind me of Your promises. You will never leave me or forsake me and the plans You have for me give me hope and a future. Remind me that You always see me as I am and that a day is coming when I will see You as You truly are. Thank you for Dorothy and for her example of a life well lived. Please be with Norm and restore him back to health. Thank you for loving me more than I can understand. Amen.
Question: How does the hope of Heaven change the way you see your day?