A Moment to Reflect

26 August 2020

A Moment to Reflect -91

PUZZLING REFLECTIONS

“I see everything outside of me through the lens of everything that is inside of me. Therefore, before I look at the world outside, I’d be wise to look at the lens inside.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

It would seem that not everyone was able to make sense of yesterday’s photograph, which was simply a reflection of Venetian buildings in the waters of one of the canals. As long as it is gentle, the movement of water can produce beautiful, but intriguing, and sometimes puzzling reflections. You need to see the object itself (in this case the buildings) to fully understand.

In much the same way with life itself, most of the time we don’t see things with either absolute accuracy or perfect clarity. For one thing, as Craig Lounsbrough points out, we have internal lenses (biases and prejudices and preconceptions) that skew our perceptions. For another, the truth is often more profound and more complex than we are able to comprehend, and our simplifications become in their own way distortions.

But one day… (according to St. Paul)

11 When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 12 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. 13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.  1 Corinthians 13: 11-13 [New Living Translation]