Page 243 was a well-balanced day even though it ended up running late. One thing this summer has reminded me of, at least temporarily 😉 , is the importance of spending time together as a family. So, after a full day of work, which began early, we headed to the outlet mall late in the afternoon for some “back to school” shopping and then made a couple stops along the lake. By the time we got home and I started going through the photos from the day, I decided the day’s page would have to wait until morning. Even thought MJ and I work in the same building and Susan spends much of each morning in my office, it really isn’t the same as getting out to spend time together. I remember growing up on the farm where we didn’t just work in proximity to each other, most of the time we worked together. But even in that setting, I valued the times we could get away from the “normal” routines of life and spend time as a family just enjoying nature’s beauty. Even though outdoor activity is often difficult for Susan, we have done our best in accommodating her needs to allow her to be a part of what we enjoy. It is always a great encouragement when we spend time together to hear Susan talking the whole way back home about having a fun day, and needing to go home to see Lion, and loving Jesus, and on and on she goes. She doesn’t talk a lot but often on these return trips from a couple hour outing, her speech opens up.
We eventually ended up at the Indiana Dunes State Park as the sun was beginning to set through a rather cloudy sky to the west. There were enough breaks in the clouds to be able to see a beautiful sunset but at one point late in the evening, they lifted enough to see the Chicago skyline in the distance across the lake. As I took the photo, I thought about Susan’s favorite subject — going to heaven to see Jesus! Most days I believe she has a better grasp of what that will be like than most of us do — perhaps her veil is a little thinner than most — but we all look toward that city as those wearing a veil, we see in part but it is not until we are there that we will know in full. If I were to show the photo on today’s page to people who had never been to Chicago, and have never experience the elements of a large city, it would be fun to hear them describe what Chicago is like. Yes, they will probably have some correct generalizations, but will unlikely do justice to the scene that would lay before them were they to walk the city streets. My theology of heaven will likely be flawed if I base it completely on what I see and know — even with the help of scripture. There must be plenty of room, perhaps majority room, left for faith and the great mystery that will not be known until the day we see Jesus and our knowledge becomes complete.
I pray that you and I would be diligent about doing our work “as to the Lord”, but that we would not neglect our families in doing so. I pray that we would make the most of the opportunities we have to spend time with our family, learning to enjoy life and the presence of each other. I pray that we would look forward to the day when the mystery is unveiled and we will see Jesus face to face.
“Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”
1 Corinthians 13:12 (NIV)