Read 1 Corinthians 13:12
12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. (NLT)
When we drive off to our favourite holiday spot, we will likely stop along the way. Such stops are often pleasant and even familiar. But we never mistake them for our actual holiday destination. They are welcome breaks but are not the real thing, not the thing we are aiming at.
It is similar with our faith journeys. C. S. Lewis once said that God refreshes us on our journey with many pleasant inns but will not encourage us to mistake them for home. Which is another way of saying that God provides many genuine delights and pleasures here on earth. We rightly enjoy them. And yet we realise they don’t give us the ultimate security and satisfaction we crave. We were made for something more. We are headed for another destination.
We are never meant to see these delights and pleasures as our ultimate goal. They are pleasant diversions. They are also hints and foreshadowing of what is to come, the eternal and deeper pleasures of the new creation.
We dare not merely grit our teeth and wait for heaven all the while denying ourselves legitimate pleasures here and now. Then again, we dare not linger so long at these refreshment stops that we forget about the final destination of our journey.