photo by: Shirley/Oklahoma/October 2010
Only a Glimpse
originally written & posted
9 Oct 10
I never fully understood the story of when Abraham wanted to see God’s face but God wouldn’t show him.  Instead, our Almighty God allowed Abraham to only see a glimpse of His Glory.
(see Exodus 33:12-23)

I won’t claim to FULLY know anything…but this morning, I have a much clearer understanding of that example than I have ever had before.

Recently I yielded a part of my heart that I had been holding back for too long.
Once I yielded, He moved in and filled in pieces that
I had been unaware were missing.
There are no words to describe the joy that flooded every
nook & cranny of my soul!
I was overwhelmed by sheer Joy, Grace, Love.
I was overcome by FREEDOM.

The epiphanies (“lightbulb moments”) started happening so frequently,
I could not write fast enough!
I felt like I’d been uncorked and Truth was spilling out all around me.
I am still behind in the writing, but, like a patient tutor,
God is helping me.

Our God is overwhelming. 
His presence in our lives can fill in every missing piece.
His presence in our lives can fulfill every heart’s desire.
His presence in our lives can be overwhelming.

Other stories I didn’t fully grasp, until now, 
were the parables Jesus told about people who found what was lost to them.  
(see Luke 15)** 
They were SO excited that they couldn’t wait to tell everyone around them who would listen!  They wanted to throw parties because they were so overwhelmed with gladness.  : )

God knows.
He knows everything.
God is wise.
What He knows, He understands.
He created us!
So of course it makes sense that He understands us better than we understand ourselves!
(insert the smack-your-forehead-and-shout-“DUH!” moment here)
: ) 

If we would but listen to the guidance our Lord has to offer,
I believe that our lives would be so different!  So much better!
We would still have trials to face in this world,
but we would view them differently.
Our eyes would better focus on the eternal rather than on the temporary.
We would not be overcome by our trials,
we would be overcome by His perfect love.
I have tasted but a drop…
but I can tell you with utter confidence that this love is worth ANY price!

The emptiness that we try to fill with
other things (good or bad) would be gone.
We would be fulfilled.
Addictions would cease to exist.
Love would rule and hate would be no more.
The relationship between the created and the Creator would be restored.

We will once again walk in the garden with our King.
This is the way it was meant to be…and this is how it will be again
when Christ returns.

In the meantime, we are provided mere glimpses…and they are 
: )

*Exodus 33:12-23
Moses and the Glory of the LORD 

 12 Moses said to the LORD, "You have been telling me, 'Lead these people,' but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, 'I know you by name and you have found favor with me.' 13 If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people." 
 14 The LORD replied, "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest." 
 15 Then Moses said to him, "If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. 16 How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?" 
 17 And the LORD said to Moses, "I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name." 
 18 Then Moses said, "Now show me your glory." 
 19 And the LORD said, "I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 20 But," he said, "you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live." 
 21 Then the LORD said, "There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. 22 When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen."

**Luke 15
The Parable of the Lost Sheep 
 1Now the tax collectors and "sinners" were all gathering around to hear him.     2But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them." 
 3Then Jesus told them this parable: 4"Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.' 7I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. 
The Parable of the Lost Coin 
 8"Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins[a] and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? 9And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.' 10In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents." 
The Parable of the Lost Son 
 11Jesus continued: "There was a man who had two sons. 12The younger one said to his father, 'Father, give me my share of the estate.' So he divided his property between them. 
 13"Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. 
 17"When he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.' 20So he got up and went to his father. 
      "But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. 
 21"The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' 
 22"But the father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. 24For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate. 
 25"Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27'Your brother has come,' he replied, 'and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.' 
 28"The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29But he answered his father, 'Look! All these years I've been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!' 
 31" 'My son,' the father said, 'you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' "

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