“Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.” All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.”
I Cor. 13:12 NLT
The thousand piece puzzle lay spread on the table in the waiting room. Several people would each take turns trying to fit the pieces of the puzzle together one piece at a time. It will take time for the full picture to come into focus, but to look at each piece individually, they are part of an imperfect, incomplete picture, and they in themselves do not make sense. It isn’t until the final piece of the puzzle is placed into it’s proper fitting position, that the full and perfect picture comes into view.
So it is with our lives. We live out our lives on a day to day basis, and each day is a vital part of the picture as a whole. We see things imperfectly from an eternal perspective, because we live in a fallen world, and our view is skewed. It is partial and incomplete at best in this life. But, the good news is…”I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.” There is coming a day when the final piece of the “puzzle” will placed and a beautiful, perfect picture will come into view. We will know everything completely (unveiled) just as He knows us completely. What a day that will be! We only get pieces of spiritual truths and heavenly pictures in this life, but oh, one day we will see glory of it all completely! That excites me, as I get closer to the finish line.
Robin and I have candid conversations about our heavenly home, and what it’s going to be like. We’ve talked about the past and the fun times we’ve had, the challenging times and where we are now in this fight of our lives. We know we’re going home unless we are the recipients of a miracle. Oh, we have questions, but some day all of those questions will be answered as the whole picture comes into view. Many of the questions we have in this life don’t seem to make sense to us, because we only hold one piece of the complete puzzle in our hands. Just hold on, believe God and have faith, that one day, very soon the complete picture will be revealed, and it will all be in our best interest, because of the great love our Father has for us!
Robin is still battling painful abdominal issues, although another exam by her hospice nurse revealed her swollen abdomen had diminished in size since last weeks exam. There doesn’t appear to be the fluid build up as was previously thought, and this is great news! She gets very weak in doing just menial tasks, and is sleeping more. More pain meds are the norm now for each new day for her just to curb and control the pain she is having in her abdomen. She has now developed a very painful shoulder pain which has really plagued her for the past few days. The nurse is not sure what this could be, other than perhaps transfer pain, which is common with cancer pain. We are trying to alleviate this pain with muscle cremes and a heating pad.
I have had a my share of symptoms lately with more bleeding, pain and weakness. It is so disconcerting for me, as I have things I want to accomplish and things I’d like to do, but my physical inability keeps me from doing these things. I want to fish with my sons, but there is no way I can do that right now the way I’ve been feeling. I’d fall asleep and fall out of the boat! Our hospice nurse came by on Weds. to examine me and check my blood work as it was thought I may need another blood transfusion. I was pale in color all day and slept most of the day. The blood draw revealed my hemoglobin count was 8.9 and not low enough to conduct a transfusion just yet. It is low, but my last transfusion was done when my count was 8.4, so it won’t be long.
Robin and I are so very grateful for your ongoing love and prayer support to us. We are keenly aware that the prayers of the people are sustaining us on a daily basis. Thank you!
Our book, “Through the Valley” is selling pretty well, but could do better. We are not looking to make a fortune on this book, but our goal is to encourage others who are going through relevant valley experiences and draw people to the Jesus we have come to know intimately through our experiences. Perhaps you’ve already read it. Would you consider buying an extra copy or two to give to someone you know, who may have an illness or just going through difficult times? We are praying as you read it, that you’ll be touched, encouraged and encourage others with the book. It’s not about us, but all about the One who brought us “Through the Valley.” You can purchase your copy(ies) through this blog or Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Westbow Press or any Christian bookstore. They may have to order it for you. La Junta friends…you can now get your copy through The Lighthouse bookstore. Jenny will order it for you!
If you can’t see the whole picture right now, just hold on…” I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.”
Rich and Robin