This morning while I was sitting quietly before the Lord, out cat Pixel came to sit in my lap. She would sit for a little while and delight in being there. Then up she would go to pull a tissue out of the box or check out an African violet, then back to my lap. I enjoyed her being in my lap and I also delighted in her curiosity as she explored our little world inside our home.
Then my eyes were opened to see that as she was in my lap, so I was in the lap of God. I was being a delight to God as I just rested there. As my mind wandered about I think God also loved my curiosity and exploration of His created world.
God allowed me in that moment to share His Feelings that He had through my own feelings about our cat Pixel. In what ways is God showing you His heart and feelings today?
It was early and walking toward the sun I had to shield my eyes from the brightness of the rising sun. Then, turning around to return home, I walked with my back to the sun and I saw beautiful shadows of trees and bushes and much more of God’s creative Hand.
Then it cam to me! In Exodus 33:18-23 Moses wants to see God’s Glory. But God replied that if Moses were to see God’s face he would die. So God arranged for a more ‘indirect’ view. I was blinded by the sun’s light when I looked toward it. But looking from a different perspective I saw Go’s hand in the shadows. That’s it! If we look carefully we will see the ‘Silhouette of God” all around us. In love God, for the time being, limits what we see. But the time will come when “We shall be like Him for we shall see Him as He is.” (1 John 3:2)
“Move your ***damned Prius and get over it! *** won the election” I read in an article forwarded to me. Every day from the local to the international stage we see more anger, more rage, more violence and more confusion. The term “Alternate Truth” has come to symbolize the times we are living in.
This morning in the shadow of all this I turn to Scripture and read again the story of Jeremiah and his rotten belt. God asked Jeremiah to buy a belt, wear it and then bury it. Much later, God told him to dig it up. It was rotten and useless.
“The Lord says: This illustrates how I will rot away the pride of Judah and Jerusalem (substitute America). These wicked people refuse to listen to me. They stubbornly follow their own desires and worship idols. Therefore, they will become like this linen belt – good for nothing! As a belt clings to a person’s waist, so I created Judah and Israel (America) to cling to me,’ says the Lord. ‘They were to be my people, my pride, my glory – an honor to my name. But they would not listen to me.
“So tell them, ‘The Lord, the God of Israel, says:… I will make everyone in this land so confused that they will seem drunk – from the king (President) and from the priests (preachers) right down to the common people. I will smash them one against the other, even parents against children, says the Lord. I will not let my pity or mercy or compassion keep me from destroying them.'” Jeremiah 13:12-14
America! Wake up! It is not about politics, budgets, military might, republican, democrat, or anything else. It is about God and His disappointment and anger at our unfaithfulness to Him.
Theology is the study of God’s Word. Science is the study of God’s Work. I believe that is a quote from Michael Faraday the physicist.
We don’t need to look far in God’s Work to see what God is like! From mountains to valleys. From the tiny grain of mustard seed to sprawling arrays of galactic clusters His Work is everywhere giving silent witness to this great and wondrous God of ours. We are told in the first chapter of Romans that this witness to all the world is intended to teach the world about God and His nature.
Today we see in America a newly minted President seeking to remake our nation and the world after his own image. When we look at what our president has created in his 70 years prior to this moment in time what do we see? Is that what we want? We should not be surprised by his craftmanship. But more, what does that say about those who wish to be like him, made in the image of the current president?