- 1 Corinthians 13:12 (NKJV) For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
One of the enduring memories I have as a pastor is the closing moments of Odell Walker’s life upon this earth. I had gathered with the family in the hospital room where they were keeping vigil. The mood, while somber, was not defeatist or depressing—but rather: expectant; their father’s home-going was not far away.
What most stands out in my mind is how one of the daughters—Phyllis Childers was lovingly caressing her father’s hands. As she did so she recounted how those hands had held her and helped her throughout her life—her father’s hands captured in many ways the sum of the man.
I thought about that recently when reading about Jesus’ post-resurrection journey with some of his disciples on the road to Emmaus. Perhaps it was their grief, perhaps Jesus had veiled himself from them; but whatever the case, they did not recognize him—that is until he broke the bread and prayed over dinner. Like a flash going off, they suddenly recognized Jesus.
Could it be that we will carry over into the next life little traits that we have in this life? Could it be that in our resurrected bodies we will still demonstrate those special personality traits and traditions that make our relationships so special?
Maybe Phyllis will first recognize her father in heaven because of his hands.
I don’t know how it will all wash out; but I do know that all those special little things that makes you you will not be lost or forgotten in heaven. You will be known there as you are known here.
Perhaps that explains why God is putting you through some of the things you’re going through right now; He’s polishing off some of the rough edges so that you’ll be a better you on the other side. After all, some of our traits aren’t worth remembering! 🙂