1 It was in the year King Uzziah died that I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple. 2 Attending him were mighty seraphim, each having six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. 3 They were calling out to each other, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of Heaven’s Armies! The whole earth is filled with his glory!”- Isaiah 6:1-3
Some time ago I read the story of a young boy approaching his slightly older sister with a question about God. “Susie, can anybody ever really see God?” “Of course not, silly,” came the response. “God is so far up in heaven that no one can see God.” Sometime later the boy approached his mother with the same nagging question, “Mom, can anybody really see God?” More gently his mother answered, “No, not really. God is a spirit and dwells in our hearts, but we can never really see God.”
His mother’s answer was somewhat more satisfying, but still the boy wondered. Not long afterwards, the boy’s grandfather took him on a fishing trip, and the two had a great day together. As the day was winding down, the sun began to set with unusual splendor. The grandfather was enraptured by the beauty, and the grandson was aware of a deep peace and contentment etched upon his grandpa’s face. “Granddad,” the boy began, a bit hesitatingly. “I wasn’t going to ask anyone else, but I wonder if you can tell me the answer to something I’ve been wondering about a long time. Can anybody ever really see God?”
The grandfather sat in thought for a few moments, then said simply, “Grandson, it’s getting so I can’t see anything else.” – Joel D. Kline, Faith Is a Verb
I am getting older. My ears don’t work as well as they once did. My muscles don’t bulge like iron bands anymore and my six-pack has become a butterball. My feet and legs hurt. I get winded and tired more than I used to. My vision isn’t what it once was, but I can somewhat relate to the words of the grandfather. I’m getting a better view of life and what really matters, but my vision of the Lord has improved as he’s taught me lesson after lesson about patience, faithfulness, justice, mercy, grace, compassion and love.
When we are young we can’t imagine the end, let alone see it. When we are older, we can no longer see the Alpha (beginning), but the Omega gets larger and we are eager to see him even more closely. This is as it should be.
PRAYER: Fill our vision completely with You and Your glory! May you grow more precious, and nearer, each day! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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