Daily Delight

Sunday, September 4, 2016


For now we see only a 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. -1 Corinthians 13:12

I've been living alone as the only American in this village for a month, 10,000 miles outside of the comforts and people I must closely identify in. When locals ask me if I’m lonely, I try to be pretty honest. It’s hard for me not to have that go-to person who already knows me and my story really well. The person I can stay up late talking to, uninhibited. And the easy, faith-centered response is, “Well, you have God, don’t you?” And I do, but that’s where I’m learning to place identity in Him rather than compartmentalizing God as the big guy upstairs who’s obscurely but probably involved in my life.

Although confidence in my identity has never been something I struggled with, I am realizing I do not know myself as well as I thought. I do not know myself as well as He who has guided my most important steps and let me think they were totally of my own volition. I do not know myself as I am known by God.

The things I know now, about life, about myself, are but an obscured reflection of a grand picture. Every time I think that picture is done and that I can finally understand it fully, it gets a fresh coat of paint, a new layer of understanding.


It’s an odd thing to find comfort in, but it’s something that becomes a source of strength rather than loneliness when I choose the right mindset: I have been engraved in the palm of His hand. Nobody knows me here but I am known. I do not know myself fully but I am known. 


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About the Author


Safeena Padder≫ ≫Safeena is a Malibu coastline-dwelling Pepperdine grad turned wedding photographer and aspiring photojournalist. Because of the unlikelihood of her own testimony, she believes that no one is too far from the redeeming love of God. She seeks to live that belief through action and by fostering even more unlikely friendships.

Safeena is passionate about travel, social justice, and the role that creativity plays in driving empathy that will change the world; you can follow her adventures at www.safeenapadder.com/blog.  Her natural habitat is the farmer's market, where you can normally find her with arms full of flowers.

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