Through our parents, our friends, our teachers, our pastors, our spouses, our children ... they all reveal God to us. But as we come to know them, we realise that each of them can reveal only a little bit of God. God's love is greater than theirs; God's goodness is greater than theirs; God's beauty is greater than theirs.
At first we may be disappointed in these people in our lives. For a while we thought that they would be able to give us all the love, goodness, and beauty we needed. But gradually we discover that they were all signposts on the way to God.
For further reflection...
Jesus answered, "You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand." - John 13: 7 (NRSV)
This post was written by Henri Nouwen.
You can find his site here: www.henrinouwen.org