Impressions

     Claude Monet was a French artist in the 1800’s. His painting style is called “Impressionism” because you can make out the features of the objects in his paintings and perceive what they are, but the edges are fuzzy and the colors are different than expected.  The popular style of the 1800’s was more detailed and exact. When asked by his manager what to call his painting style, Monet responded, “it is my impressions.”
 
     The apostle Paul states something similar about our impressions of God, love, and what is to come when he says in 1 Corinthians 13:12, “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”
 
     Many try to declare that they know fully and well the mind of God.  What we know of the nature and mind of God is found in the scripture that God gave us.  Sadly, this scripture gives us only a portion of who God is. A popular trend today is to take a “selfie” in varied settings. Then, after taking this self-made photo on your phone, it is passed along through Facebook, Twitter or some other social media. The image may look like you, but who you are is so much more. Maybe in some faint way it is your impression of who you are.
 
     Scripture then becomes a portrait of God (Maybe you could call it a selfie, but the word “selfie” is too close to the word “selfish” and I wrestle with saying that of God.).  But, like the selfie in nature, the Bible is very limited as to the totality of who God is. He has given us just a little view and He is so much more. God states in Isaiah 55:8-9, For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
 
     So, we may have impressions of God, but we need to be careful of stating what is not in scripture. When Paul wrote his text in 1 Corinthians 13:12, he was so excited about one day knowing the fullness of God and what is to come. My prayer is that you enjoy the impressions and also seek to know the fullness of God.
 
See you in the Park next Sunday (Gage is preaching – come and hear).
Bill