DayBreaks for 3/31/14 – More Beautiful Than I Ever Imagined

DayBreaks for 3/31/14 – More Beautiful Than I Ever Imagined

From the DayBreaks archive, dated 3/31/2004:

From Things Unseen, by Mark Buchanan:

“William M. Dyke became blind when he was ten.  When he was in his early twenties and attending graduate school in England, he met the daughter of a British admiral, and they fell in love and decided to marry.  But before he agreed to give his daughter’s hand in marriage, the admiral insisted that William submit to what was at that time a risky surgery to restore his sight.  William agreed, but he also had a condition: he did not want the gauze removed from his eyes until the moment he met his bride at the altar.  He wanted her face to be the first then he beheld on their wedding day.”

“The surgery took place.  The wedding day was set.  William’s father led his son to the front of the church, and the bride’s father led her down the aisle.  As she came, William’s father stood behind his son and unwound the gauze from his eyes.  No one knew if the surgery had been successful.  When William’s bride stood before him, the last strand of gauze was pulled away, and he was face-to-face with his bride.  He stood there speechless, and everyone waited, breathless.  And then he spoke: ‘You are more beautiful than I ever imagined.”

“One day that will happen to us, only the roles will be reversed.  ‘Now we see but a poor reflection in a mirror,’ Paul says, ‘then we shall see face to face.  Now I know (Him) in part, then I shall know (Him) fully, even as I am fully known’ (1 Cor. 13:12).  One day, the Bride of Christ, near blind now, will stand before her Bridegroom at the Wedding Feast, and the veil will be removed, the scales will fall away, and we will see Him face-to-face and know Him even as we are fully known.”

“And he will be more beautiful than we ever imagined.”

There is a song that takes my heart and puts it in my throat every time I sing it, called “I Can Only Imagine”, by Bart Millard.  It goes like this: 

“I can only imagine

What it will be like

When I walk

By Your side.

 

“I can only imagine

What my eyes will see

When Your face

Is before me,

I can only imagine.

 

Chorus:

“Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel

Will I dance for you, Jesus, or in awe of You be still?

Will I stand in Your presence, or to my knees will I fall,

Will I sing hallelujah, will I be able to speak at all?

I can only imagine.

 

“I can only imagine

When that day comes

And I find myself

Standing in the Son

 

“I can only imagine

When all I will do

Is forever,

Forever worship You…

I can only imagine.”

Copyright by 2004 Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

PRAYER: Lord, how we long to see you face-to-face in our heavenly home! I long to see You in Your glory and for faith to become sight! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 1/30/14 – Seeing Straight

DayBreaks for 1/30/14 – Seeing Straight

Matthew 6:23 (NLT) – But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!

There are times when I am dumbfounded by what self-professed Christians believe in, what they say and what they do. If I am puzzled by it, I wonder what God things of it. Of course, I could be wrong in my beliefs of how Christians are to act and what we are to value, but many things are very clear in Scripture…and yet many act as if they don’t care what the Bible says while they pursue their own interests and act like unbelievers. Perhaps that’s why I found this interesting:

In 1897 vision scientist and psychologist George M. Stratton (1865-1957) created a pair of glasses that turned the world upside down. Actually, he turned the world right-side-up because our eyes project an image to our brains that is naturally upside down. Our brains take an image and invert it – giving us our “right side up” perception of the world. Stratton strapped on his goggles and proceeded to blunder into things for several days. In this new, now “upside-down” world, his brain was seeing liquids “poured up,” he saw himself walking on ceilings. Everything he viewed was completely inverted.

But only for a few days. Our eyes are our cameras, but the pictures we take with our eyes are developed by our brains. After a few days Stratton recorded that his most powerful visual organ, his brain, had figured out that something was amiss. After a few days his brain re-inverted the images it was receiving, and the world no longer looked upside down to the scientist. His brain completely flipped the images and presented him with a right-side up world once again. The process took about three days…

In this physical example, Dr. Stratton’s mind figured out that something was wrong and corrected the problem. How does that relate to Christianity and our behavior and beliefs? We have been given the Spirit that is to convict us of sin, right? So why aren’t “Christians” feeling convicted when they support causes and activities that are clearly (to me and many others) un-biblical?

I suspect the clue lies in the very last fraction of a sentence: “The process took about three days…” How does that relate? Simply this: it doesn’t take long for our vision, our understanding, our beliefs and actions, to find a new “normal” and to believe it is normal. Dr. Stratton was still wearing the glasses that switched the orientation of all he saw, but within just 3 days, his brain told him it was normal and he had adjusted to that new “normal.” So it is with our beliefs – it doesn’t take long to forget where the authority lies, to listen to the wisdom of mankind, and to come to see that as the “normal”, the “right” thing. When our view of morals and ethics become twisted, we are in danger of believing that lies are truth and truth is false.

Who is your authority? Who will you believe about right and wrong? And what will you do about it?

PRAYER: We want to believe what is more comfortable for us and when others tell us that it is okay, Lord, we are quick to believe them. Lead us back to the Truth of Your Word and give us wisdom to understand it and the ability to act on it! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 09/02/13 – First Sight

DayBreaks for 09/02/13 – First Sight

John 9:6-7 (NLT) Then he spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and spread the mud over the blind man’s eyes. 7  He told him, “Go wash yourself in the pool of Siloam” (Siloam means “sent”). So the man went and washed and came back seeing!

The text above describes the healing of a man who had been born blind.  One of the easiest things to do is to read a familiar text and pass it by too quickly.  Let me ask you to do something: re-read those verses and try to imagine yourself as the blind man.  The entire episode must have been somewhat bewildering.

First, a stranger who is passing by, without even being asked, stops to make mud with spit and starts to smear it on your eyes.  You wouldn’t be able to watch him to it, so try to imagine what was happening in the man’s mind.  From a Jewish culture standpoint, saliva was believed to have healing properties, but still – having mud made from spit smeared onto your eyes could not have been a very pleasant thing. 

Then, the man gives you orders.  You’re still blind, so someone had to lead him to the pool of Siloam.  This took faith on both the part of the person who would lead him to the pool, but also on the part of the blind man.

But what I really want to consider is what the man must have thought when he first opened his eyes and saw things clearly.  He’d never seen another human.  He’d never seen color.  He’d never seen a tree or a dog or a house.  He’d never seen anything.  And all of a sudden his retinas are receiving images and the optic nerve is firing and the brain is trying to make sense out of this new deluge of sensory input.  But somehow, the man makes enough sense out of it to find his way back to Jesus.

That’s how it is when we begin to see the truth…we want to find our way back to Jesus!  When we start to see the reality of what we are and what we’ve done and when our hearts and minds can make sense of it, we know where we need to go. 

But I wonder: how many of us really are seeing clearly?  Can you make sense of what you’re seeing spiritually in your life?  One thing is really important if you are just starting to see truth about yourself: don’t shut down because you don’t like what you’re seeing.  Instead, keep your eyes wide open…and find you way to Jesus who will help you make sense of your life.

PRAYER: We sometimes don’t want to see all the ugly truth about ourselves and we’ll close our eyes so we don’t have to see it all, Lord.  Help us trust that no matter what we see, if we find our way to you, we can be healed and forgiven!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 02/22/12 – To See, in Some Measure, Like God

DayBreaks for 02/22/12 – To See In Some Measure Like God

From the DayBreaks archive, dated 2/22/2002:

Luke 16:27-28 – “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father’s house, 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’

Jeremiah 12:3a – “Yet you know me, O LORD; you see me and test my thoughts about you!  Drag them off like sheep to be butchered! Set them apart for the day of slaughter!

While contemplating his grief process and the death of his late wife (whom he refers to as “H.”) C. S. Lewis wrote: “It is often thought that the dead see us.  And we assume, whether reasonable or not, that if they see us at all they see us more clearly than before.  Does H. now see exactly how much froth or tinsel there was in what she called, and I call, my love?  So be it.  Look your hardest, dear.  I wouldn’t hide if I could.  We didn’t idealize each other.  We tried to keep no secrets.  You knew most of the rotten places in me already.  If you now see anything worse, I can take it.  So can you.  Rebuke, explain, mock, forgive.  For this is one of the miracles of love; it gives – to both, but perhaps especially to the woman – a power of seeing through its own enchantments and yet not being disenchanted.”

“To see in some measure, like God.  His love and His knowledge are not distinct from one another, nor from Him.  We could almost say He sees because He loves, and therefore loves although He sees.”  – C. S. Lewis (A Grief Observed)

One of the most shocking things about God is that He sees everything.  And He sees everything because He cares about His creation – in particular in the eternal destiny of mankind.  But the most amazing thing was captured by Lewis in those last six words: “…and therefore loves although He sees.”  Can you believe it?  Do you think that your wife, husband, boyfriend or girlfriend would unconditionally love you even if they knew everything about you?  EVERYTHING?  If they knew every thought you’ve ever had about them, about their weaknesses and failings, about their parents, about their personal habits?  I’m not sure that any of us have the ability to truly love unconditionally, but God does.  And it is that unconditional love that allows Him to love us even though He sees and knows every single detail of our thoughts, actions, deeds, words and intentions.

How badly we need to be like God in this matter – to see the needs and hurts and pains and successes (and yes, even the faults that everyone has) – and yet to love those people although we see!  We need to learn to see, in some measure (however incompletely it may be), like God.  Let us pray for better vision and the love that accompanies His vision!

PRAYER: Father, help us to love, although we see, that we may be imitators of Your love!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 01/03/12 – Peek-a-Boo With Jesus

DayBreaks for 01/03/12 – Peek-a-Boo With Jesus

Now you see Him, now you don't...

When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. Luke 24:30-31

It was after breaking the bread that God opened the eyes of the Emmaus disciples to recognize the One who broke the bread for them.  I would have loved to be there sitting in the inn with them, to watch the dawning of realization on their faces!  What do you think their next question for Jesus might have been?  Maybe they wouldn’t have asked a question at all – maybe they would simply have fallen on the ground in worship of the Risen One.  I don’t think we’ll ever know for one reason: as soon as they recognized him, he disappeared.

Why?  Why didn’t he stay?  Where did he go?  I don’t really know, but again, on Sunday the preacher ventured a guess: they had just shown that in spite of the evidence for his resurrection (the reports of those who had seen  him and the empty tomb), they didn’t believe.  Then Jesus appears to them, resolving their crisis of faith by His very Presence.  The next moment – poof! – just like that, he’s gone again.

Jesus is HUGE on faith.  He WANTS us to believe, not because we’ve seen and touched the wounds in his body, but because we’ve heard the story and are willing to walk in faith.  Jesus tantalized the two Emmaus disciples just enough by showing up that their faith was restored, but they would have to walk the rest of their lives in faith, too.

That’s how it is with anyone who wants a relationship with Jesus.  We may not see him physically as these two did, but we who wear his name have surely encountered him on our walk through this world.  Then something happens that casts the long shadow of doubt back into our hearts.  Was that past experience we were so convinced of really Jesus at work, or was it just happenstance?  And if we start to think that it was happenstance, we lose our basis for thinking he will walk through future hard times with us.

The disciples from Emmaus had to learn to walk by faith even after seeing the Lord and eating bread from his hands.  We, likewise, must walk by faith if we are to please him.

PRAYER: Lord, this faith-walk stuff is really hard at times.  We all have our human fears and worries, get scared and frightened, and think about whether or now we are up to a certain task rather than thinking about whether or not you will be faithful to us!!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 10/10/11 – The Blind Men at Jericho

DayBreaks for 10/10/11 – The Blind Men at Jericho

Jesus Heals Two Blind Men

From the DayBreaks Archive, 10/10/2001

Matthew 20:29-34 – “As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. 30 Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” 31 The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”  32 Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.  33 “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.”  34 Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.

I like these two men.  What is it that I find fascinating with this story?  I like their courage.  I like their determination to make personal contact with Jesus.  I like their refusal to be deterred from their goal.  I like their honesty – when asked by Jesus what it was that they wanted, they didn’t try to give him an answer that they may have felt he would have wanted to hear.  No, they didn’t ask to be made wise or holy.  They wanted their sight and they didn’t hesitate to ask for it!  And their determination coupled with Jesus’ compassion got results!

On the one hand, it is easy to see this story at just the surface level – two blind men finding mercy and compassion from Christ.  But there is more than just a feel-good story here.  Do you remember who Jesus was?  He was the Word of God, the Word made flesh that dwelt among us.  What this message can teach us, as Origen wrote long ago, is two-fold:

FIRST: it is necessary that our eyes be opened by the Word of God.  In the story, it was literally a word from God that opened their eyes.  But they couldn’t do it themselves.  We, too, will remain in our blindness until His Word opens our eyes and gives us new sight.  And what did these two men probably see when their eyes were opened?  Jesus!  Can you imagine what an incredible thing it would be for your first glimpse of vision to be of the Son of God?

SECOND: it is necessary for us to come out of our own Jericho.  These men had left their comfort zone and the relatively safe confines of the city.  If these men had stayed inside of the city, the wouldn’t have encountered Jesus on the roadside.  But they took the chance (intentionally or unintentionally, it doesn’t really make a difference) and they met the Lord.  When you take chances in trying to make personal contact with Jesus, you will not be disappointed.

Ask Jesus to touch your eyes today and reveal himself to you!

PRAYER: We need the courage that comes from Your Spirit to leave our comfort zones so that you can open our eyes with your Word of healing and hope!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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