Our daughter's family are on their way to Illinois to spend Thanksgiving with us. When I talked with her this week she said the boys are both excited to see us and have lots of things on their agenda to do while they are here. I'm sure that helping Granddad "pick" the eggs and feed Bud, and riding the F-150 and the off-road trike are some of the things they are looking forward to doing.
But they also want us to see their new looks. Gage, who is 3 years old, and Gavin who is 5, each have something different to show us about their faces. Gavin lost his first tooth a couple of days ago, and Gage is now wearing glasses. He told his Mom he will wear the glasses into the house when he gets here and then he will take them off and say, "Now do you recognize me?"
Gage's need for glasses was discovered when he went with his brother to a routine eye screen for kindergartners. Because of his new ability to see the world clearly he seems to feel like an entirely different person and therefore he thinks we may not recognize him. How wonderful his inability to see clearly was discovered at such a young age! Our daughter was saying that they put up Christmas decorations Monday which included a little tree in the boys' room. When they went in to check on the boys and to turn off the tree lights before going to bed themselves they found Gage asleep with his glasses on. He had been admiring the beautiful lights as he fell asleep. A whole new world has been opened to him since he got his glasses!
As I was writing this I was reminded of 1 Corinthians 13:12 which in the King James version says "we see through a glass darkly" but I especially like The Message translation: "We don't yet see things clearly. We're squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won't be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We'll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!"
Gage's experience with new glasses illustrates this verse so well and helps me to understand it better. How different things will look to us when God helps us to see clearly!