04 Oct Seeing Through A Glass Darkly
My mother is in a nursing home near to us. It is convenient to drop in for a few minutes more than once a day. Recently she is having trouble remembering things and this can be very specifically correlated to a certain medication. The medicine has left her feeling disoriented and she struggles to cope with simple cognitive tasks. I do not have a problem with the nurses. They are only following doctor’s orders. I do have a problem with doctors who prescribe medication and then do not come back to check on effects. Getting their attention on this has become a major task. It is not fun to be mentally fuzzy and know it. She knows it.
I have often wondered about the effects of sin on all of us. We think we are aware. We think we know what is happening; however, often our judgment is clouded by our habits and their effects on our clear thinking. In I Corinthians 13 Paul says, “Now we see through a glass darkly.” Have you ever forgotten to take off your sunglasses when entering a darkened room? It is difficult to discern much detail.
Each day we need to pray for help that we might see life and its ramifications with clear minds lest we be deceived into error that would harm our families and us. We have been drugged by sin and need our systems purged that we would know truth.
“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.”
Written by Roger Bothwell on December 27, 2003.
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