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Full clarity takes patience

Squinching. My face is crinkled from squinching. I was seeing better with a squinch.

Oh, there is something said for seeing clearly. Glasses help if I can find them. They are usually sitting on top of my head, looking at the ceiling.

Reminds me of the time my granddaughter Sadie called; she had just gotten a new pair of glasses.

"Mawmaw, guess what?" Breathlessly she began telling me about getting her new glasses. Being girls, we talked "style stuff" first rather than vision stuff.

"Tell me what shape and what color did you get? "Having an artist's eye, she didn't merely say brown rectangles. Nope, being as wordy as Mawmaw, Sadie went on to say her new glasses were the color of weak coffee without cream. They were rectangluar. She added that they didn't make her look like a movie star, but an artsy kind of girl.

Style aside, the vision part was an interesting lesson for me. Her mama said when Sadie put her new specs on, Sadie started laughing and her jaw dropped.

"Mama, I can see the leaves on the trees," she said. "They're not fuzzy. They're real leaves."

Sadie has been receiving her prescription in degrees. Getting the whole whammy at once, according to the eye doctor, would make her sick at her stomach and off balanced. Her astigmatism and other eye issues were pretty severe, so she's worked up to this new prescription. Even so, this particular prescription had her high stepping. She felt like she was going uphill.

This is where the "that'll preach" moment comes in for me. We are people who want everything, and we want every bit of it right this minute. Spiritual matters are no exception. We tend to say, "God, show me all of Your glory now. I want to see all the whys and hows. I don't want to know later but now." If the God of the universe agreed to show us everything at once, being overwhelmed would be an understatement.

It's been said we need spiritual glasses, but even then, as I Corinthians 12:12 says, "Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely."

Often I can't find my spiritual glasses. They've been misplaced. Worry, pain, suffering and tears blind my ability to see, but when I stop and realize just as it's been said so often, life is like viewing the knots on the underside of a tapestry. It's a mess. I won't be able to get the whole picture until I'm looking down from on high. Yet, when we trust God and continually review the wonder of who He is, our sight will be increased, even this side of glory, but it's by degrees.

Well, here's to seeing clearer. Here's to high-stepping it as we move from glory to glory. Remember, friends, we're moving on up. Be seeing ya! Maybe with a little bit of a squinch.

Kandi Farris, a freelance correspondent, also is a speaker on matters of faith and values.

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