For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child; I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
1 Corinthians 13:9-12
Last year our team visited Africa. I had always wanted to see one of the biggest waterfalls and natural wonders of the world. So between our two WorldLead trainings we had the opportunity to visit Victoria Falls. At Victoria Falls there is an oddity, a meteorological anomaly: a 360-degree rainbow. Now I have seen double rainbows and beautiful rainbows, but never a round rainbow except in photos. The rainbow at Victoria Falls is there all the time. Our guide took us to the point where we could see it and said, “There it is.” I believed it was there and it was there, but I could only see 25% of it. It’s amazing because when you are there you are not sure if it is really raining or not. There are no clouds. It was winter, the dry season. The Falls came over, hit the bottom of the Zambezi River and then bounced back up. So it seemed as if it was raining from underneath and from on top. That is what created the 360-degree rainbow.
As I gazed on the portion of the rainbow that I could see, two things happened to me. One was that I couldn’t see the entire rainbow because of the trees, the mountain and the cliff. The second reason was because I wear glasses. In Florida, August is the worst time for those of us who wear glasses. When you walk outside of your home your glasses fog up. Instantly! My glasses have anti-glare, anti-fog, anti-everything. It doesn’t help because they still fog up. What do I do? I take them off, blow on them, dry them off and they fog up again for about a minute. Then I get in the car, drive to church, get out of the car and they fog up again. And as I come in to church everybody says hello to me and I can’t even see them. I’m saying, “Hello, Hello.” And they are asking if I’m crying or did I have a bad morning. All I am trying to do is see who is talking to me.
When I was at Victoria Falls, my glasses kept fogging up because of the dampness of the Falls. It was raining down, it was raining up, I couldn’t even see. I knew the rainbow was there, but I couldn’t see it well. Why? Because I saw dimly.
Scripture says there will come a point in time when we will see fully because we are fully seen. We are fully known by the Creator. But we do not fully know the future. We don’t fully know the Creator, but we will know him soon. Our “glasses” will be clear. In fact we will be able to see the gorgeous 360-degree rainbow. We will be able to see what God has in store for us.
God bless you!