the God behind tinted windows

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Love never ends.  But all these good things in which we pride ourselves will.  And, yes, I really do mean the good things — I’m not being sarcastic.  What is today a spiritual gift will tomorrow cease to exist.  Leadership — gone.  Evangelism — gone.  Teaching, shepherding, giving — gone, gone, gone.  Even knowledge will disappear.  Right now we teach what we know, but we’d do well to remember both knowledge and teaching are but a couple of crutches in a broken world.  When the Kingdom arrives in its fullness, we’ll toss our crutches and run and play like children.

When I was a baby, you should have heard what I tried to pass off as English.  And my logic wasn’t any better.  But I was a baby, and that’s what babies do; it’s all I knew.  After I graduated from college (the second time), took a few years to mature, learned to balance a checkbook, and found a wife who could straighten me out just a bit, I quit needing my diapers changed and stopped (for the most part) making unintelligible sounds.

Right now I see God like we’re at a stop light and he’s two cars ahead… with tinted windows… in the left turn lane… with an arrow that’ll turn green long before I go straight.  But it won’t be long before I’ll see God as if he and I are sharing a coffee at Starbucks… at one of those really little tables for two… with nary a Macbook ‘twixt the two of us.  Today I hear God’s voice like we’re on a Skype call from Tanzania to the US.  But tomorrow it’ll be as if God’s met me at the airport baggage claim, and he’s whispering in my ear as we embrace… and together wait on my luggage.  Because I’ll be home.  Now I know God in part, but then I’ll know God as well as he knows me.

— an extremely loose modern-day retelling (and amplified version) of 1 Corinthians 13:8-12

This post is the third in a series on love from chapter 13 of 1 Corinthians.  You can find said posts here:

  • monkey love (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)
  • i want out (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)
  • the God behind tinted windows (1 Corinthians 13:8-12)
  • faith, hope, and love (1 Corinthians 13:13)

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    16 responses to “the God behind tinted windows

    1. Pingback: i want out « aliens and strangers

    2. the Brett Inspired Version is very captivating 😉

    3. I like the nary a Macbook part, myself. But all the rest of it as well. It is good to be reminded of what lasts and what doesn’t. Kind of like where we ought to store our treasures and whatnot.

      (I really just wanted to say whatnot after you said nary).

    4. Kim

      aww. I love it. The image of having the ultimate airport reunion (before airport security ruined those) is awesome.

      The whole series is beautiful.

    5. “Right now I see God like we’re at a stop light and he’s two cars ahead…”

      Totally resonated. Sometimes it does seem impossible to ever really get a clear view or understanding of Him; but loving Him is continuing to be excited about the opportunity.

    6. BekaD.

      wow….so applicable and powerful. I just love your way with words. You really should write a book….I’ll buy the first copy.:) Thanks for this piece.

    7. JMF

      Good stuff, Brett. I am digging the modern day re-tellings.

    8. so, for the record, i’m waiting on blogs from beka d and jmf, both of whom should have one. everyone else on today’s list does…

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