The 20-20 Hindsight of Heaven (and Hopefully of Maturity on Earth)
Life is lived forward but understood backward. I value that insight from Kierkegaard. In the moment, we rarely understand the significance of what we just did and said, nor the ripples that are set in motion.
In the moment, we rarely discern the work of God taking place—whether that work is spectacular or hidden—because the real results rarely emerge until later. Sometimes MUCH later.
Later, as we look, having gained some distance and some perspective, as well as the high altitude vantage point, sense and meaning appear. “Oh, so that is what God was up to! Ah, now I see why that needed to happen. Hmm, so much more was going on than I thought. Now I begin to see. Soon I hope to understand.”
Here is what is truly fascinating (and redemptive). It is the backward look that actually begins to recreate the past. With new eyes, a new heart, a new passion, a new destination, we actually reframe the past, like Joseph did with his brothers (Genesis 50:19-21). What humans had meant for evil, God had intended for God and redeemed it for good (Romans 8:28-39). …