For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.
1 Corinthians 13:12
Mirrors. Who really likes to look in the mirror? And even in the clearest mirrors, we are not getting the whole picture. What we see is only a two dimensional reflection of an image.
The apostle Paul’s metaphor of our experience of the Kingdom of God here on earth compared to looking at an image in a mirror is a good place to begin. Yes, the Kingdom of God is all around us, but we don’t see it in its fullness. We get a glimpse. We can see just enough to trust that it’s real, but all we can see right now is a sort of distorted, two dimensional image.
The Kingdom is here all around us, right now, but we are not living in its fullness, not yet.
Perhaps that is God’s purpose for us, to make the “not yet” easier for others to see right now?