A Church with a Heart for our Community

September 5th Thursday

Greetings to you in the wonderful and powerful name of Jesus Christ – THE Risen Saviour! Wow! what a beautiful late summer morning in the Kingdom…a little ‘cool’ to start but the sunshine is lovely as it splashes across the dewdrops on the gardens and lawns making them ‘sparkle.’. There are some moments in life that make the expressions of praise in the Book Of Psalms which relate to creation come to life. This morning I will be praying for you, asking Father to give you glimpses of glory in your world so that His Word comes “illustrated” in what you see and feel and hear and smell and touch.

Now that the school buses have started their morning ‘treks’ – I have rediscovered that if I want to avoid the ‘waiting game’ , I must head to the office either seven minutes earlier or nineteen minutes later. This morning…I forgot and found myself waiting at several locations. All that being said, I really don’t mind waiting…well, most of the time. As I was waiting in a line-up of vehicles today, I happened to glance in the rear-view mirror and that beautiful sunlight was shining on the the car behind me is such a way that the face of the driver was in the spotlight. I couldn’t help but notice the anxiety and frustration that this delay was causing. The driver was giving a good talking-to someone and fortunately I don’t read lips. 

In a few moments…minutes and not hours, the line moved…to the next stop and I again glanced in the rear-view mirror to see what was happening and the agitation was a little more pronounced…and the visual effects were very interesting, very interesting indeed! As I watched, God whispered to me – who is watching you in their rear-view mirror? Who sees you in an unguarded moment, watching you verbalise your thoughts and frustrations? — I know it is kind of sobering to consider.

No wonder that the Psalmist often shared an insight…wait patiently on the Lord…rest in the Lord…be still and know that He is God. I am thinking that people can see on our face and in our eyes….our patience level, maybe even our trust level, or our ‘stillness’ level. I bring to mind the verse that says…we are like mirrors reflecting the glory of God, or we can be! What do people see when they look at me, especially in those challenging and awkward moments?

As I was doing some reading just the other day, the author suggested that the word “presence” as it relates to God can mean “face” …so that referring to God’s presence implies “God’s face”. I can think of many Scriptural and song lyric references to both God’s presence and God’s face. Just a simple thought…if in a moment of waiting I can focus my thoughts on seeing the face – ‘presence’ – of God then I will be able to reflect His glory. This is going to take some practise but I believe that it will be worthwhile.

Something to ponder as you enjoy today’s blessings!