PERCEPTION

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. I Corinthians 13:12 

In 2011 I was diagnosed with sleep apnea and was prescribed a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine. It is a wonderful thing! It has cut back on my snoring, I’m able to sleep on my back, and I even sleep better. 

There is a drawback though, the machine is electric. So? Well . . . when the power goes out (not very often, but it has happened!) it wakes me up and I feel like I’m sucking wind hard enough to pull the walls in! 

Anyway, to my point. Every night, as I get ready for bed, I put my glass of water on the night stand in front of my CPAP, then turn on the machine, pull the nose fitting over my head and lay down. 

One night (recently) I glanced over at the machine to see if both lights were on (indicating it was working correctly) and saw that one of the lights was bright red! Somewhat in a panic I sat up to see what the problem was. 

As I sat up and looked, the light was white, not red, so I laid back down only to see the light was red again! What??!??? Now I started to look around and I saw my glass of water, my RED glass of water.  

Yes, I was viewing my light through the red glass giving me the impression that there was a problem. I can smile about it now and even now, when I’m laying down, and I see the red light on the machine, I am safe in the knowledge of why it is red. 

The apostle Paul tells what his perception was – imperfect, unclear. At the time of his writing, Corinth was known for its brass workings and one of the things that was made was polished brass mirrors. However, they were full of imperfections that there wasn’t a true reflection.  

Paul was looking forward to a time when everything would be made clear, when we would see Jesus, face to face (Musical Montage Mario says, “Face to face I shall behold Him, far beyond the starry sky . . .”).  

He admitted his knowledge was incomplete but when He would see the Savior then he would know everything he was to know! And, this is interesting, he declared that he would be known as he was known!  

As a believer, SO WILL YOU!!! What will you be known for? My hope is that the musical montage brain God gave me will be what I will be known for (outside of being a believer). So, think about it, what will YOU be known for? What is that “perception”? 


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