(Octavius Winslow, "Morning Thoughts")
"Now we see through a glass darkly (in a riddle),
but then face to face; now I know in part, but
then shall I know even as also I am known."
1 Cor. 13:12
The position which the Christian shall occupy
hereafter will be most favorable to a full and
clear comprehension of all the mysteries of the
The "clouds and darkness," emblems in our history
of obscurity and distress, which now envelope God's
throne, and enshroud His government of the saints,
will have passed away; the mist and fog will have
vanished, and, breathing a purer atmosphere, and
canopied by a brighter sky, the glorified saint will
then see every object, circumstance, incident, and
step, with an eye unobscured by a vapor, and
unmoistened by a tear.
And what shall we know?
All the mysteries of providence.
Things which had made us greatly grieve, will then
be seen to have been causes of the greatest joy.
Clouds of threatening, which appeared to us charged
with the agent of destruction, will then unveil, and
reveal the love which they embosomed and concealed.
Oh, what a perfect, harmonious, and glorious whole
will all His doings in providence appear, from first to
last; to the undimmed eye, the ravished gaze of His
white robed, palm bearing Church!