“Moses said, please show me your glory.” Exodus 33:18
I started this blog because I want to be purposeful about seeing God in my life. I know He is always with me, and yet, all too often I go about my day without “seeing” Him; without seeing His power and majesty at work in my ordinary life, without seeing His creativity in the world around me, without seeing His love and compassion for the people in this world. The purpose of this blog is to make me think about the ways in which I can SEE God everyday, and then share those glimpses with others.
I have had many discussions with people recently about how we can SEE God in the midst of such chaos and brokenness going on all over the world. It is hard to watch the news and not be overwhelmed with sorrow, depression, anger and fear. Hatred abounds, tolerance for certain groups is preached and mandated, while intolerance for other groups is celebrated, evil seems to be winning, and even nature seems to be spiraling out of control. How can we SEE God in these times?
The answer: We look harder, and we ask Him to improve our vision.
He is here; just as He was with Noah when he was building the ark, just as He was with Lot as his city burned behind him, just as He was with the Israelites in captivity, just as He was with Daniel and his friends in a idol worshipping foreign city, just as He was with His Son as He died to save the very ones beating and crucifying Him, and just as He was with each disciple and apostle who gave their lives to proclaim His Name.
God is always with us, in good times and in bad. He holds our hands as we cry tears of joy, tears of sorrow, and tears of frustration. He upholds us through our days. God’s presence in our lives is not dependent on our vision of Him. We seek to SEE with human eyes, the God who is spirit. We cannot do this on our own power. We need to ask Him to help us, to enable us, to SEE a glimpse of His glory; just as Moses did so many years ago.
I believe God wants to show us a glimpse of Himself. I believe He wants to give us great spiritual vision. After all, think about the change in Moses once He had seen a glimpse of God’s glory. He was completely changed! Others could look at Him and SEE the difference being in God’s presence had made. Granted, our hair probably won’t instantly turn white, nor our faces begin to glow, but we will have seen a glimpse of the One True God, and others will notice a change in us.
The world needs Christians to SEE Jesus. The world needs us to remember that Jesus is stronger than sin and evil. We cannot go around as if blinded by darkness and fear. We have been called into the Light, and given new eyes. Let’s look with those eyes today and see what God wants us to SEE.
Ask Him to show you a glimpse of Himself. Maybe you will SEE His glory in the sunrise, or a child’s laughter. Maybe you will SEE His protection in some way today, or His provision in your life. Maybe He will make you laugh as you look at one of His funny creations. Maybe you will SEE Him as powerful when you gaze across the ocean. Ask Him to allow you to SEE Him in some way.
And if you do, will you come back here and write about it in the comments below? I would LOVE to know how you have seen God this week! Let’s encourage each other to become more focused on seeing the Light, than on seeing the darkness.