Do you often think of heaven as this ethereal, hazy place? You know, how movies train us to visualize that dreamy state where the edges of the TV frame are frosted and the middle picture is blissful and foggy. Earth, on the other hand, is the place of harsh clarity, concrete finitude, and restrictive definition. Life is about cold hard reality and seems to involve frequent buckets of ice water to the face. As such, I don’t think any of us would argue that this earth, this reality is the place of imperfection, noncompletion, and certainly leaves one with a general desire to experience more love.
The opposite is true. We live in the haze.
1 Corinthians 13 contains a series of verses we often read in pieces – “the love chapter” (and most popular wedding passage), “when I became a man I put childish things away” (I can’t tell you how many times I heard this growing up…love you, Dad), and “I see through a glass darkly.” All these thoughts go together – perfection, completion, maturity, all climaxing in God’s most defining attribute, love.
How is our vision different between earth and heaven? 1 Cor 13:12 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.” (NLT)
We live in the place of limited sight, visionary let-down, and frustrating lack of clarity. We live in the haze. Heaven is the place where eyes are opened. The reality of God is where we can finally see the truth and limitless beauty. I feel home calling.