God’s Picture

Sometimes I wonder how people get by without knowing God. How they get through the day never giving Him a second thought.  It would be impossible for me to go a whole day let alone 5 minutes wondering how God is viewing my life.  Is He pleased, is He amused or is He waiting on a response from me?  Lately, I have been so aware of His presence, maybe it is because He has me in the loneliest of places.  Even with a house full of family.  I love them so much but often feel like an outsider to their lives.  Like I am looking at a photograph I took of them and I am no where in the photo…only God sees the picture with me in it!  Ever thought of that? 

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For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

1 Corinthians 13:12


Charity is much to be preferred to the gifts on which the Corinthians prided themselves. From its longer continuance. It is a grace, lasting as eternity. The present state is a state of childhood, the future that of manhood. Such is the difference between earth and heaven. What narrow views, what confused notions of things, have children when compared with grown men! Thus shall we think of our most valued gifts of this world, when we come to heaven. All things are dark and confused

now, compared with what they will be hereafter. They can only be seen as by the reflection in a mirror, or in the description of a riddle; but hereafter our knowledge will be free from all obscurity and error. It is the light of heaven only, that will remove all clouds and darkness that hide the face of God from us. To sum up the excellences of charity, it is preferred not only to gifts, but to other graces, to faith and hope. Faith fixes on the Divine revelation, and assents thereto, relying

on the Divine Redeemer. Hope fastens on future happiness, and waits for that; but in heaven, faith will be swallowed up in actual sight, and hope in enjoyment. There is no room to believe and hope, when we see and enjoy. But there, love will be made perfect. There we shall perfectly love God. And there we shall perfectly love one another. Blessed state! how much surpassing the best below! God is love, 1Jo 4:8, 16.

Where God is to be seen as he is, and face to face, there charity is in its greatest height; there only will it be perfected.

commentary taken from BibleGateway.com on this particular verse


7 thoughts on “God’s Picture

  1. Hey, now that\’s a feeling I can certainly identify with seeing as how my son has been being raised by a family in a far away town since he was 5 days old.  I get photos of him every year.   
    And the perspective I\’ve gotten throughout the years is how blaringly apparent it is that our children are not our own.  They ultimately belong to God, and it is our responsbility to provide for them the basics they need such as food, clothing, shelter, love and nurturning – which can include correction.  It is also our responsibility to trust that God knew what He was doing when He chose each person\’s parents.  In my case, He chose 2 sets of parents for reasons only He knows.  Ultimately, the responsibility we have with the major influence we have in the lives of our children is to be the sign pointing to God letting them know that His fruit has the best taste and is the best stuff for them.  Ultimately what they decide concerning what we show them is completely up to them.
    I love ya and thank God for ya!!!
    Carol 🙂

  2. Shell,
    Sometimes those that are the most giving are also the most taken for granted. This can be hurtful, but I\’ve come to look at it as a sign of selflessness. Often we give so much of ourselves, so freely, that those who are recipients fail to recognize we need to be noticed from time to time. Nothing huge, just a little acknowledgement on occasion. Rest assured you are most likely thought of in a very loving way, but because of your giving spirit, others may think you don\’t need to be told how they feel about you, or include you in what is happeneing as they believe you are where you want to be, doing what you want to do. Although I\’ve not met you face to face, I can sense that your love for family runs very deep. You might just ask every now and then if it would be okay to join them in whatever they are doing. You know, a little, but gentle push. Or you could say, "Do you love me." When they answer, "Yes" as though you\’ve lost your mind, reply, "Just checking." They\’ll get the message.

  3. Shell,
    I\’m glad you liked the video, song, and message behind the song, Yes, I Know. And, as a matter of fact, I do know the history behind Amazing Grace, and like you, Witley\’s powerful voice and flare for God sends chills up my spine as well. What\’s really funny is that I was working at embedding that same video on my space when I hit something (I know not what) and the entire blog was gone. I was so disgusted I just quit. Then, the very next day I was visiting your site and saw the same video I had lost along with the rest of my post. That just goes to show when God wants something to happen, even computer glitches (and adult children) :0) can\’t stop Him! 
    Be blessed,

    I am both humbled and excited that the "Opporutinity" post ministered to you!!! 
    Thank you for sharing your encouragement and enthusiasm!
    There\’s a reason Paul calls it the GOOD fight of faith: A good fight is the fight you WIN!
    Love you!!!  Lots and lots!!!  And I thank God for ya too!!!
    Carol 🙂

  5. love this illustration and scripture, have to go now, at my daughters and grandson is wanting computer, but will be back – hope you will accept my invite to be friend and visit me. god bless nita. 

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