God of the Shadows

14 Dec

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Seeing God in the blaze of a sunset or a still afternoon as snowflakes float straight down or in the deep, clear eyes of a newborn child is easy for me.

I think it’s easy for most people to sense God in the moments that take our breath away. Transcendent glory breaks into our existence and our spirits soar– exhilarated and enthralled– thrilled and captured by a moment so real all else seems inconsequential.

But  life spans the gamut– from peak to valley and every place in between. Most of life is much less.

Or is it?

Finding joy in the ordinary transforms common moments into divine. Again, this is attainable for most people, although it does take practice and intentionality.

And then there there are the Dark Places. Valleys so deep there are no mountain tops. Empty aches so crushing life stops, stands still without release.

“In a place of faithlessness and doubtfulness and godlessness, God gives God. The God who can reveal Himself wherever, whenever, to whomever; the God who is never limited by lack or restricted to the expected; the God who is no respecter of persons but the relentless rescuer of prodigals; the God who give the gift of faith in the places you’d most doubt. That is always the secret to the abundant life; to believe that God is where you doubt He can be.” (1)

Breathless moments wait in the shadows, too.

God is harder to see in the dark; but when my eyes adjust and He becomes visible, dark is destroyed.

And He is all I see.

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READY FOR SUNDAY

The holiday corridor from Thanksgiving through New Years is a really tough time for many people. Expectations are high. Everyone, it seems, talks about wonderful family times painting a Norman Rockwell scene. TV ads display the perfect Christmas that everyone else is having….

The distance between the darkness that some are in becomes that much darker in the presence of so much gaiety and celebration.

While I greatly enjoy the glimpses of God through the wondrous, His unmatched Glory is all I see when surrounded by dark. When I see Him where I doubted He could be my spirit flies.

Some in our gatherings tomorrow will need a reminder and help seeing God in the shadows.

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1. The Greatest Gift; Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas, by Ann Voskamp, p. 101-02

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