When you pray, what do you imagine? I mean, for those Christians who worship the one true living God in spirit and in truth and not before an image. When you close your eyes tightly and focus on your prayers, what does your mind imagine, if it does at all. When I am desperate to reach the throne of grace and really want to give glory to the Lord in my thanksgiving and reach Him through my prayers, I do my best to imagine the throne room. As I give glory or implore Him with my supplications, eyes tightly closed, I imagine Him in His throne in all His glory: lifted high, bright white clouds covering the place, magnificent colors of the rainbow and reflections of brilliant precious stones emanating from the throne, the floor like a sea of glass, with thunderings and lightnings.
But try as I might, my imaginations are so limited. So, often, I just imagine the King of kings and the Lord of lords before me, bright as the sun. Though even in my mind, I cannot see His face. I imagine Him standing in front of me, listening to my words. If we really believe that the Lord is real and He lives, our prayers also become so alive. We are not talking to an impotent image made by man’s hands, but to the One who has all the power and might to move heaven and earth on our behalf! We worship God and give Him glory even though we cannot see Him. For all He’s doing in our lives, we lift up our praise to Him. For we know that every blessing we receive, even those hard graces which later turn out into greater blessings, comes from His hand.
Like me, you may also be in that place of waiting. Waiting for answer to our earnest prayers, for fulfilment of our deepest desire. And at times, we may grow faint in giving Him glory as we nurse our gloomy hearts. But when we look around us, at the things that have always been there but have been rarely noticed, we see the glory of God. And if our hearts are humble enough to let ourselves be caught in awe of what the Lord is showing us, we will be gripped in the beauty of His creation. Through these unexpected gifts, He will fill us with joy and we will be comforted right in our sparse places.
One time as I was scrolling down my FB newsfeed, I saw beautiful photos of God’s creation which were just uploaded by a brother in Christ. He and his companions were foraging the beautiful coral which emerged out of the waters on a low-tide morning. Our church’s outreach station in San Fernando, La Union is near the beach and how wondrous is it to walk on the coral barefoot, admiring the vibrant plethora of life hiding there! What I wouldn’t give to be there, walking, examining, and touching those beautiful living things God created!
I gazed at the photos longingly, yet, the Lord was filling my heart with joy and inspiration. Things like these, which our senses can feast upon, give us hope and inspiration to continue walking in faith. The King gives us glimpses of His glory through His creation. That day, on a quiet after-Christmas morning, in a place hundreds of miles away from the beach, I received God’s unexpected gift.
God’s treasury is full of good and perfect gifts. He sends out showers to make His children’s hearts glad. And because He’s the gift-giver, I will not lose hope in receiving the gift I so desire – my healing. Someday soon.
Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea?
or hast thou walked in the search of the depth?
Where is the way where light dwelleth?
and as for darkness, where is the place thereof,
Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow?
or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,
Hath the rain a father?
or who hath begotten the drops of dew?
Out of whose womb came the ice?
and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it? (selected verses from Job 38)
(Photos courtesy of Brother Philip Delmendo).
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