October 8, 2014

Tell Me What You See....

When reading God's communication with man, in the bible, I am always so inspired by His great diplomacy and patience.  God cares enough to just ask, "Tell me what you see".  He then starts from that point and brings to light what might be missing from their view.  He also takes the journey with people; He does not write it down and say "You should be able to figure the rest out; good luck now."

This of course lead me back to Genesis to meditate on God's words, His thoughts, what He was / is attempting to articulate, that we might understand what caused Him to care about darkness.  Why did He care enough to make the situation "good".  Why wasn't dark good enough?  What did God devise in His heart? What was His intent?

Thoughtful questions, regarding another, are the way we engage;  how we get to know someone.  There must be a leaning in toward something, a curiosity to see if something more dynamic is at play, in order to have any deepening of a relationship.  If God kept me in the dark about all this, He could very well be mindful of all I am, but isn't that a bit creepy weird.  We would align that with characteristics of a stalker, wouldn't we?  By this we understand that no matter how closely He hovered over me, I probably would not be able to see or comprehend Him.  And in the end it would be no more than a fantasy relationship.

Yet, most of us speak of God as thought we know all about Him, We can even make it personal when challenged about "our God".  But is our god even real? Are we defending our religiosity, our ego, or God?   Here is how this ties together: experiencing things outside of ourselves stimulates our thoughts, long before we articulate one word. Consider an infant who takes in a tremendous amount of information prior to forming their first efforts of communicating with us verbally.  And that sound expresses a wider variety of things, most of which we will never know.  There are times when I am interacting with children, whether infant or young toddler, and have experienced their expression of this.  In my opinion, familiarity can actually diminish the grandeur of what is taking place; how cataclysmic the moment is.

When we read God's word, it is not enough to translate it into our language.  While it works to give us the Big Picture "of" God, we must use our language to come to know what His words mean to Him; as best we can with the help of His Spirit.  After all, this is the goal of His spirit within us.  God promises that His word will not return to Him void. Which means each of us desiring to lean in, as to inspect what's going on: who He is, what He desires, what causes Him to care, are sure to find out...if we really desire to know.

James, the brother of Jesus, wrote to us for the sake of relational growth to God; James 1:5 from The Voice translation:

 If you don’t have all the wisdom needed for this journey, then all you have to do is ask God for it; and God will grant all that you need. He gives lavishly and never scolds you for asking.

Several years ago we looked at why we ask;  Now I would like to ensure we comprehend what
God means when He says we can ask Him anything.  If we are really asking Him it will be more of a craving or begging.  As when a children is told that the object they are fixated on is not going to be given to them, ushering in the dreaded melted down.

Most parents, I'm assuming, would attempt to either speak with the child or divert their attention in some way.  When a parent does not allow the child to enter into each age appropriate experience, the child in many ways is separated from not only the individual maturation, but also from experiencing the growing bond and securing trust and mutual respect. 

God is a parent, and as a parent there are many things to consider before moving on:

  • How should we treat others questions? Especially our own children?
  • Do we childishly expect God to conform to our interpretation; shut down and melt down if God does not give us what we want?
  • Are we willing to seek till we understand: persevere and endure till He can finish explaining something and experience the joy that comes through it all - at that time? 
This is enough to ponder today.  Think about your life and ask God to show you how BIG your presence is in light of great love for you.  Tell Him what you see and let Him fill in the rest for you. 

Look at God through the eyes of someone who was not only know by God, but knew God also.

Psalms 104:30-33 When you send out Your breath, life is created, and the face of the earth is made beautiful and is renewed.  May the glorious presence of the Eternal linger among us forever. m And may He rejoice in the greatness of His own works- He, who rattles the earth with a glance: He who sets mountains to smoking with a touch.  I will sing to the Eternal all of my life.  I will call my God good as long as I live.

Sending Love and Grace in Christ,

© Candace Huffmaster 2014, All Copy Rights Reserved
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