Not Unredeemed

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Dim Reflections

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Have you ever seen a view that took your breath away? One where the vibrancy, clarity and beauty could not be accurately captured on your camera? I have a love/frustration relationship with those views. They frustrate me because I want to capture the scenery to preserve it, and I can’t. Yet there is something wildly appealing about the fact that they are too beautiful to be captured.

On the other hand, as much as I love raw vibrancy, I’m also a fan of different artistic filters on photos. Think Instagram. Therethankful is a unique beauty in the simplicity of dim filters creating an artistic look. While I love these filters in photos, when I read about looking at dim reflections in Scripture (1 Cor. 13), I think of it as a bad thing and a frustration. But is it always?

Tonight I had a long, much needed chat with one of my besties. Right now it seems that in parts of our lives that we can’t make out the view. Everything is dim and frustrating. I want the Lord to turn on the floodlights and instead He leads me to the dark window where the view is only lit by the dim moonlight shadowed even more by the obstruction of the glass.

I want to see Him clearly, and hear Him loudly. But in this desire do I miss Him in the beautiful dusk?

 There are those who claim that it is impossible to know what we are supposed to do, or who we are supposed to be. But the folks who say that tend to be living for a God who shouts, and completely miss the One who whispers.

But I side with Paul who wrote, “we see only a dim reflection, as through a glass, darkly. But one day we shall see face-to-face. And what we now know in part one day we shall know fully. But in the meantime, these three things Remain: Faith, Hope, and Love. And the greatest of these is Love.” -ending scene from the movie “Finding Normal”

The Father shouts in the vibrancy we cannot capture, and whispers in the dim reflections we can see. The greatest of all things is love, and do you know where it remains? In the dim reflections.

The point He has not left us in the dark. Love remains. And sometimes it’s the dim filters that create the most artistic beauty. For that I’m thankful.

31 DAYS OF (13)Living Fully Alive Today meant staying up late to talk to a dear friend and in doing so, my soul was refreshed. I may not know anymore about the parts of my life that do not make sense right now. I don’t have any more clarity of vision than I did before I talked with my friend. But as we discussed the quote above, the Lord reminded me of how His love remains in the dimness of my sight. His love is artistic, vibrant and beautiful, and it’s the dim reflection that creates the backdrop for His whispers.

“Dim Reflections” are apart of Today’s the Day: Being Single and Fully Alive, a 31 Days series. For more posts in this series please click here

P.S. –  Pomegrant Rasberry Tea was the flavor of this blog post, brought to you by my favorite mug.

Author: notunredeemed

Jesus follower, people lover, truth scribbler. Addicted to pain (growth). Passionate about relationships, identity and the transforming power of Christ.

One thought on “Dim Reflections

  1. Another encouraging post. Thank you, Katie. I love that quote–it makes me curious about the movie!

    Also, I love that little note at the end. Hmm…my flavor when reading your post was coffee (slightly on the cooler side, but still yummy), but maybe I should try some pomegranate raspberry tea some day.


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