I was sitting at dinner with my wife and daughter. They were chatting and I sat there thinking over my day. Sometimes it seems like I not only see in a mirror dimly but the mirror is dusty too. I guess it has something to do with me giving up caffeine.
So, problem one with seeing is that sometimes our minds are cloudy, dusty or cluttered with stuff that muddles the thinking process. Now, the truth of the verse I quoted above is that we are not ever really going to see clearly. That happens when we meet God. Then we will see clearly. I do think that we can clean the dust off of the mirror by the discipline of hard thinking and by working hard to let the truth of the Christian Bible to light up our minds. That takes discipline and time. Take a look at “Studying the Scriptures” by Ken Boa.
Then after a bit I said to my wife and daughter that I was trying to get rid of the narrative constructs of American TV, get them out of my head. I’ve started a TV/ hulu.com fast. My daughter said, “What are you talking about?” It is the second problem with seeing: imposed framework. The plots and characters on TV seem to all have the same structures and I no longer want them to frame my sight, to hold me back. I think that TV is trying to address some important issues in society and I’m not trying to hide from that. But I do want to strike out in a different direction when I think of narrative and stop imposing TV ‘moment’ stories into my view of reality. You can probably do it too, you know, tell how a TV show is going to end after you have seen the first five minutes of the thing. I want to put that aside, free my mind to embrace the narrative and rhythm of the world around me and see that through the mirror darkly though with as little dust as possible..