Acorns From Oakes

Seeing With Our Father's Eyes

I Saw The Lord

   Isaiah (chapter six) saw the Lord in the most unexpected place, unexpected that is, if you have gotten so used to the public worship that you don’t really think God shows up anymore. He had been a regular worshipper, no doubt. Like all of us, perhaps, it had become possible (probable?) for him to go through all the motions…all the rituals…without really experiencing God. But this time it was different. This time something had changed for him. The good king upon which many of Judah’s citizens had come to rely so much, had died. Such a crisis can strike fear into the hearts of people, even including prophets. But it was in this time of mourning over the loss of a good leader that Isaiah was enabled to see the best Leader of all…there in the temple…at worship. And Isaiah left that experience, a changed man. Now he knew Who it was Who really sat on the throne…the only One Whom death could never touch. Now he fully understood his mission in the world. Now he was fully engaged in that mission of helping others see the Lord. Wonderful things can happen when folks catch a glimpse of the real God.

   I saw the Lord last night, but I wasn’t in a temple or a church building. I hesitate, somewhat to tell you about it because in some ways it belongs to the secret place where God alone sees. But it so blessed me that I felt compelled to share it with you in the hope that you also would be blessed. Now Isaiah saw the Lord in a public place…saw Him high and lifted up with His glorious train filling the whole temple. I didn’t see Him like that…I am not claiming some special revelation. But I saw Him…just the same. It was in a quiet, darkened room where a sufferer lay, nervously, alone, upon a bed…weakened in body…and, no doubt, in will. The sufferer’s journey had already been long and dangerous. Surely the thought of giving up must have entered her mind. But there in the dark quiet I watched an ordinary Christian (not a preacher, nor elder, nor Bible teacher) lean over that bed, take the sufferer’s hand in his and begin to stroke it. And as he gently stroked her hand, he began to speak quietly for several minutes, with great love and emotion. I will not try to repeat his words…I couldn’t properly duplicate either the words or their tone. Suffice to say, they were words that traveled on wings of love straight to the sufferer’s heart where they were gladly welcomed and resulted in a renewed determination not to give up the fight. We all three knew that neither individually nor collectively were we up to the task…and so the two of us who came to visit were asked to bring all of this to the attention of Father God. We did so as we prayed together. None of us three know what the future holds, but all of us know we don’t have to face it alone. And this I also know…there was at least one sufferer in the world last night who felt the love of the Lord coming through another caring human…a friend…a brother in Christ…who, though he couldn’t take away the burden both could and did help to bear it.

   As long as my “rememberer” functions, I will not forget the holy scene I witnessed that night…when one ordinary Christian, who, as a member of his Lord’s body, reached out to touch another in His Name and with His unfailing love. I saw the difference it made. I saw Jesus proved right again in how people will know we are His when we love each other as He loves. I saw the Lord last night and left understanding better Who is really in charge and what my real mission is in life. A friend who allowed the Love of the Lord to shine through him did that for me…as well as for a suffering saint we both went to see.

   And I want you to know…you who pause now and again to read and comment here…that I see Him in you too. And the sight of Him always does me unspeakable good…ALWAYS! Thank you for giving Him your permission to live…to love…to serve again…in you.

 

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2 thoughts on “I Saw The Lord

  1. Sounds like this was a very Godly Experience you had. Sometimes there are no words but I remember the Bible passage, “Be Still and Know that I am God”. We all need to learn better how to let God work thru us to help another know their burden is not theirs alone. I am sure there was nothing you could have done better for the one who is so very ill.

    I know once when Mom was in the hospital a few years ago a person came to visit and he sang her the prettiest song. His voice was not beautiful but the lyrics and the heart that delivered this beautiful moment got to our hearts and I knew it was God Helping us thru this time. It is amazing how the simple things (not so big things) can fill up the heart from one human to another and then knowing God has been there helps us know we are not alone. I felt somewhat that way at that time.
    So I might feel somewhat what Doug is trying to explain to us. That person was Fergus Lloyd who sang to Mom.

    God is there oftentimes thru just ordinary people who love God and show up to do just the simple things that help a person. Simple things that are Loving. Sometimes we think it has to be so much bigger, in order to help someone. But just the simple things that show Love and Care are just so much more important and memorable to that one who knows someone cared.

    That very ill person loved someone loving them enough to take time and pray for them and just soothe her heart with whatever else took place.
    Just the act of taking time to soothe and relax a person to assure them that people care and love them helps the heart so much. God is saying thru these people who care “Let your heart not be troubled because I am here with you”.

    GAIL,
    I THINK YOU HAVE IT RIGHT…IT’S NOT JUST ONE HELPLESS HUMAN, REACHING OUT VAINLY TO ANOTHER HELPLESS HUMAN. IT’S WHAT GOD IS SAYING TO AND THROUGH PEOPLE OF FAITH. THOUGH THE OPPOSITION IS STRONG, FIERCE AND UNRELENTING…THOUGH THEY HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY THAT CAN BE TERRIFYING AND SHAKE US TO OUR FOUNDATION…THOUGH THEY HAVE THEIR WORD…IT IS NOT THE FINAL WORD. GOD WILL YET SPEAK. CHRISTIANS KNOW THIS…SO ON THEY GO, PRAISE HIS NAME.

  2. There are moments when we see God in an unexpected way … an unexpected place. These moments for me are usually when something happens that is the opposite of what is expected … or something peaceful happens amidst the chaos.

    I can remember when my aunt was sick … really sick. We were at the lake staying at my parents’ barge. I slept in the same room with her so it became my job to take care of her in the night when she needed to get up. She could barely get out of bed, walk, sit … the only thing she did really well was lay down. I remember lying in bed crying hoping for just 20 minutes of good sleep. It seemed that everytime I would finally relax I woud hear her say my name. I was so frustrated … so tired. I had a bad attitude and was ashamed of the thoughts I was having. She ended up dying the next week. I had such regret over the way I handled that weekend, over the way I handled her illness. I could not view her body at the service for fear I would collapse.

    We released butterflies at the service and it did something for my heart. It was like seeing her flying up into heaven … completely transformed … floating in peace up to the Father. I knew that even though my heart was still feeling chaotic … she was at rest.

    About a week later my cousin emailed me with some questions. She was going through my aunt’s stuff and wanted some background on some of her belongings. As I was able to tell my cousin about all the special things in my aunt’s life … about some of her favorite treasures I realized God was giving me a gift. He was letting me fill in a lot of questions for my cousin … helping her complete the picture of her mother’s life on earth. In the process she also told me about some of the last conversations they had. My aunt had told her to reassure my heart, because she knew I would wonder … had I said all I could say … had I done all I could do … she wanted me assured that I had. She wanted me to know how grateful she was for the unconditional love I showed her through her addiction, our addiction, our walk back to the Lord. She would always be My Aunt.

    I don’t know if this is quite the same as what you experienced, but … As long as my “rememberer” functions, I will not forget the gift God gave me …when one ordinary Christian … one semi-distant cousin … reached out to touch another and showed me His unfailing love. I saw the difference it made. I saw Jesus proved right again in how people will know we are His when we love each other as He loves. I saw the Lord and left understanding better Who is really in charge and what my real mission is in life. A cousin who allowed the Love of the Lord to shine through her did that for me … as God led her to say what I needed to hear in order to set my heart at rest. Through that experience … I saw the Lord.

    GOD IS SO GOOD. IT WAS A PRIVILEGE TO READ OF THIS IMPORTANT EPISODE OF YOUR LIFE’S STORY, PAIGE. SO MANY TIMES I LOOK BACK AT THE TIMES OF MY LIFE AND THINK…”I SHOULD HAVE SAID THIS…I COULD HAVE DONE THAT…IT WOULD HAVE BEEN SO MUCH BETTER IF I HAD RESPONDED LIKE THIS…I SHOULD HAVE SHOWN MORE PATIENCE…MORE WARMTH…MORE ENCOURAGEMENT
    …MORE OF THE LOVE I FELT.” WHAT GRACE FROM GOD YOUR AUNT SHOWED YOU…TO HELP YOU KNOW THAT SHE KNEW…KNEW YOUR HEART FOR HER, EVEN IN THOSE TIMES WHEN YOU FELT YOUR DEEDS DIDN’T MEASURE UP. SUCH PEOPLE ARE GIFTS FROM GOD TO US…THEY HOLD OUT HOPE FOR US WHEN OUR OWN RUNS IN SHORT SUPPLY…THEY BELIEVE GOOD OF US, EVEN WHEN WE DON’T FEEL WE DESERVE IT…AND THEY, BEING NOW DEAD, YET SPEAK TO OUR HEARTS OF THE KIND OF LOVE AND DEVOTION THAT NOTHING CAN TAKE FROM US AND THAT WE WANT TO SHOW TO OTHERS IN HIS NAME.
    YOUR WORDS HERE HELPED ME TODAY, PAIGE. THANK YOU. AND GOD BLESS YOU.

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