Saturday, January 9, 2010

Gold Nuggets and Moon pies

This morning I was blessed to find a piece of scripture that seemed like a gold nugget of promise...



And I—in righteousness I will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness. ~Ps 17:15


Immediately I longed for those words "I will see your face". Can you imagine seeing the face of God? As I look at the chair on the other side of this table, could I imagine God in it? Could I imagine seeing the face of God in my husband who always sits in it? Can I see God in the face of my never satisfied teenager, or the stranger in line at the grocery store with me? Can I see the face of God in the beauty of this white blanket on the ground outside that brings the cold I so dislike?


If we want to see the face of God, we I must look for it...everywhere. How is it going to happen? Clearly it requires righteousness (ie: doing the right thing). Though we can not be perfect, a life striving to be holy, to live according to God's commands in the scripture will enable us to see His face, in creation, in the people around us, even in our circumstances. Our first beautiful heavenly promise in this scripture: a guarantee to see His Holiness by living according to His standards.

So now I ask, what is your routine when you crawl out of bed each morning? I was out of my Advil PM so my night was a little bit restless. Lots of dreams, one in which I was eating the most heavenly Moon Pie-this is obviously related to my diet and lack of sugar in it-I am not a Moon Pie fan so to speak, but in my dream it was the best chocolate marsh mellow treat ever! Anyway, I couldn't sleep so at 0530 I crawled out of bed, went to the bathroom, brushed my teeth (groaning at my morning hair in the mirror) and then God brought me to this verse I posted. Why do I share this now?

When I meditated on the second part of this verse...

"...when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness."

...of course I thought about what I had seen in the mirror this morning. What did you see in the mirror this morning? Did you see His likeness? Did I?

For years I avoided mirrors. I hated the things I had done, the things I had become. It took some training to once again look in a mirror and reflect on the real me-not my hair, not my weight, not the age spots....me. It took conditioning to see myself as Christ sees me and now not a morning, afternoon, or evening goes by without looking into a mirror and asking..."what did God see in you today?"

On one eternal day we will look into a mirror and see His likeness...finally...purely...holy. Until then, we have to continue to condition our self for that moment. The second promise we have in this piece of scripture: the eternal promise of seeing His likeness reflected in and through us.

Send out your light and your truth; let them guide me. Let them lead me to your holy mountain, to the place where you live. ~ Ps 43:3

BTW, I have been to the store and now have my Advil PM ready if needed so I will have no more "diet nightmares".

His Maidservant~Pamela







P.S. I recommend "Behind Those Eyes" by Lisa Whittle if you ever had a "mirror" problem like me. Transformational book!

5 comments:

Jackie said...

Thanks again! I loved your post! I can so relate to the sugar dream! I am almost a week now with no sweets,and one of my passions is baking.

I learned from the breakdown of that verse. I saw it (no pun) more clearly after I read your blog than I had this morning after reading it on FB. Isn't God's word so amazing. I have been trying to memorize scripture, haven't done that at all like I should have in the past years, and it has been so much more meaningful to me, all because of taking the time to really think on each individual word. Like you did with this nugget. Thanks again. I think I will go to amazon and look for the book you recommend.

Your snowed in Ohio sister in Christ!

grey like snuffie said...

Wonderful...and I ask Him, "what do I need to hear from You?". He knows...we must be open to receive. Peace, be still!

Leah said...

Pamela,

what a beautiful blog you have and a beautiful heart as well. Thank you for stopping by over at The Point and joining us for Challenge 2010. Thank you also for the link to Challenge 2010 on your blog. I am so excited about continuing to memorize scripture this year with godly women (and men) like you.

this was a beautiful post and really made be ponder. I am writing a Bible study currently on our legacy as Christian women and it deals with our holiness. Do I see holiness when I look in the mirror? What a great question.

Have a blessed Sunday.

Leah

Rhodema at MommyLife said...

Thank you for your words that remind us how precious we are to God. You have a beautiful and inspiring blog.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Mirrors can be a tool to shape us, if we allow them. Perhaps the reason so many of us avoid them! Come to think of it, I spend precious little time looking in one; only as a necessity. I want others to see the reflection of God's face in me. While out running yesterday, a Chris Tomlin song cycled through my ipod with this phrase "My soul, my soul, magnifies the Lord..."

I asked myself the question... what or who am I magnifying? Am I really making him look bigger?

A good wrestling; an honest one.

OK... headed off to the mirror to take a look.

peace~elaine