Lord, I Want to See

 “Lord, I want to see,” (Luke 18:41 NIV).

The sun had not pried open the day quite yet. We had been traveling for several days, going from one Pacific Island to another, and I had not been able to sleep the night before. While I had enjoyed seeing God’s creation, I had missed our times alone—just the two of us.

 

Wrapped in a blanket with a hot cup of coffee, I snuck away with my Beloved for a quiet rendezvous before others in the house stirred. As I gazed out through sliding glass doors, I drank in the view of the stilled Pacific Ocean spread before me. All seemed gray in this predawn expanse of sky and sea.

I grabbed my Bible and it fell open to the middle. I didn’t bother to turn the pages. I looked down and read familiar words from the well-worn love letter: “May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us,” (Psalm 67:1). When I looked up, I noticed the sun struggling to send its rays through two small openings in the early morning clouds…two holes side by side, like headlights on high beam. As I continued watching the morning sun stretch its arms of light, another break in the clouds provided a slit for the rays to escape. An upturned crescent emerged directly under the two circular beams above. And then I saw it—a celestial smiley face beaming through the clouds…divine delight…a holy grin! God’s radiant smile welcomed me to another day. (The picture above is not a  picture of the actual sunrise, but very close.)

I had a front row seat in God’s theater as His glory pierced the darkness and spilled forth grace that filled my heart. Once again, while I rose to pursue Him, He beat me to the punch and reminded me that He was the one pursuing me. I simply showed up. Ah, sometimes we simply need to show up.

God had made His “face to shine upon me,” and my smile, be it ever so small and unassuming, mirrored His gift to me. As if the words in His love letter weren’t enough, He wrote them in the sky like a love struck beau. His passionate pursuit amazed me once again, and I was drawn like a moth to the flame of His love. Me—the bride pursued.

Months later, I told a friend about that precious moment God and I shared on that small Pacific Island so far away from home.

“Things like that never happen to me,” she sighed.

“Oh yes they do,” I corrected. “You just need to learn how to recognize them.”

And I believe that with all my heart. [tweetherder][/tweetherder]God has pulled out all the stops to reveal glimpses of His glory. But many, I dare say most, don’t see it, don’t hear it, and don’t taste it. “Blessed are your eyes because they see,” Jesus said, “and your ears because they hear” (Matthew 13:16).

Today, I sit with the blind beggar- face upturned. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked.

[tweetherder][/tweetherder]“Lord, I want to see.” (Luke 18:41 NIV)

Let’s Pray
Lord, I don’t want to miss a single moment of sudden glory when You make Your presence known in my life. Help me to see. Help me to listen. Help me to not allow the busyness of life block out my view of the Source of Life.
In Jesus’ Name,
Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn
Memorize Luke 18:41 today. It’s very simple. Say it often, and be on the lookout for moments where God makes His presence known.

Tell me about a time when God made Himself very real to you. It could be as simple as a sunset, as complex as a physical healing. It’s all God.

Want More?
Today’s devotion was taken from A Sudden Glory. To download a free sample chapter, pick up some inspirational tweets, or watch a video of me telling this very story, visit http://localhost/sjold/a-sudden-glory/ . While your are there, share one of your moments of sudden glory on the Share Your Sudden Glory Moment page. I’ll do a random drawing on Sept. 24th and give away one free copy of the book!

31 Responses to Lord, I Want to See

  1. Susan September 20, 2012 at 10:40 am #

    A time that God made Himself real to me, was during the time my mother was dying. Even though her doctors knew her wishes, they fought me every step of the way. God gave me the grace and strenght to handle that 1 1/2 year ordeal. Then when her time came to go home to be with God, that night in her room as I was saying goodbye. God filled me with such a peace. Something I had never felt before in my life. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever experienced. I will treasure that forever. It felt to me like God was saying, “You did right by her, and I am well pleased.”

  2. Nancy Beneteau September 20, 2012 at 11:05 am #

    Good Morning Sharon
    I’m not sure if I have told you this story already but it fits so well I have to tell it again. 3 years ago, just about 1 1/2 months after giving my heart to Jesus, I attended my very first women’s retreat with the church I had just started attending. Not only was it was first retreat but it was my first time away from my sons since they were born. They were 5 1/2 and 3 at the time. I went there not knowing anyone other than a few women I had met at church but didn’t actually anything about. I was in a room with complete strangers. The first night as we came to worship I ran out bawling and weeping like crazy. It was like this quite alot over the weekend. It was refreshing but I couldn’t believe how much the Lord was getting into my heart. The weekend past and soon it was Sunday morning. For whatever I was not able to sleep in all weekend and I stayed up till 1 or 2 am each night. This last morning I was up at the crack of dawn, showered and decided since no one else was up, I decided to go for a walk. It was just the beginning of sunrise, cold and a light layer of fog hung low. Picture perfect. We were at a ranch. I went walking up the road and stopped just at the center of the coral where a mighty mare stood high on a mound. I sat and talked to him. He looked back as if he was understanding everything I said. Not sound he made. Then all of a sudden I got the feeling someone was watching me so I turned around to see. I wish I had a camera because my words just aren’t enough to describe what I had seen. When I turned around just slightly above the tree line there was a tilted cross formation in the clouds. I nearly fell over at the sight. I knew then that God was with me and I just stood and soaked it all in. Then I closed my eyes and prayed. When I opened my eyes I could see a tiny little plane flying away as it had just finished the short arm of the cross. He meant for me to be out walking that morning and that picture was for my eyes only. I walked on clouds for months afterwards. I wish I had a picture to show but I’ve tried. So you’ll just have to imagine with my words.
    If you hop on over to my blog I have a poem from the other day about visions in the clouds. It’s called messages in the clouds.
    Have a Blessed Day!

  3. Marinet September 20, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    Dear Sharon

    I absolutely loved your devotion for today. And it reminded me of this one moment I had last year with God, which I’d like to share with you. I remember I was driving home and I think I was talking to God. I can’t exactly remember the conversation or even what I asked, but I do remember I asked for a sign. Anything, to just show me He’s listening or just there. And as I was driving down this street, suddenly one of the lamps went dark – the one I just drove under. Oh, what a moment! I wanted to laugh and shout and cry, all at the same time! As I rounded the corner I saw in my rear-view mirror that the light was back on. Every time I drove past that light I remembered and sometimes it was actually merrily flickering on its own. Some might say it’s coincidence, but that’s how God works. I believe there is no such thing as coincidence, just God working in His mysterious ways. This incident might seem insignificant to outsiders, but if you’ve lived that moment that that light went out, and you just KNOW it’s God, and He’s “talking” to you… Geez, there’s just no turning back. No doubting. And now I’m always on the look-out, just waiting for that next amazing moment.

    Thank you for a lovely devotion every day!

    Kind regards
    Marinet
    (South Africa)

  4. Trish September 20, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    God made himself revealed to me when he took away the worried and scared person i was after being diagnosed with cancer. He gave me peace of mind and an assurance that he was going to heal me. Praise God, Thank you Jesus!!

  5. Sue Rudolph September 20, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

    I’ve had so many little “aha, I’m here moments from God.” But one that strikes me as similar to your’s today was on a Sunday morning. In the summer we have a cottage on one of the Finger Lakes. Our house sits on the side of the mountain and overlooks the lake. My computer in the bedroom has a view of the lake and trees. It seems to change every day, and I never tire of looking at it.

    While getting ready to go to church, I was typing a quick email to a friend, and I was complaining about the fact that here it takes me 30 minutes to get to church in town. But at home in Florida, I live only 2 blocks from the church.

    Almost as soon as my fingers finished the sentence, a beautiful Red Tailed Hawk, landed on the branch outside my window. He started preening himself and showing me every bit of his beautiful body and wings! I actually said out loud, “Thanks God for pointing out how blessed I am to be here and I really don’t mind the drive at all !:

  6. Melanie Winfield September 20, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    I always enjoy God, I just did not realize why or that it was ok. When I walk outside and the sky is such a brilliant blue, I thank God for a beautiful day and I smile and am happy he has give me this day to share with him. I thank him even when I am in a hurry and the elevator door opens just as I walk up to it. Everyone at works always comments, “why are you always in such a good mood and happy” I guess I never really knew or understood why before,I just knew that I was and am and I like being happy. When I walk out of work and the sun is shinning and the day is beautiful, I have a smile on my face and I turn to my side and look up and say thank you God for a great day, and I feel like he is walking right beside me enjoying the day with me.. Thanks for the information, now I understand why I am happy and that it is good to be so… SMILING

  7. Lakeeia September 20, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    This is a beautiful devotion and it has confirmed in my heart that sometimes it is just the subtle things that God uses to simply say, “I’ve noticed you or I see you.” For a couple days or so now, I’ve been in the depressed state because of some things that have been going on in my families’ finances and just the state that my family is in spiritually and relationally (with one another). And yesterday morning as I forced myself from my bed (because honestly, I just wanted to pull the covers over my head and not face the day) and forced myself to my knees to pray and spend some time with my Father, I could hear it begin to rain and He spoke His Word ever so clearly to my heart. Isaiah 55:10-11, “The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.” That touched my heart, because I knew that God was noticing me and He sees all that I’m going through. I believe He sent the rain and His Word as a reminder. He is such a loving Father. He is so faithful. We so often believe that we are insignificant to the Father because He doesn’t answer when/how we want Him to. but I believe that is another way that He says I love you. Oh, how great He is!

    In His Name,

    Lakeeia

  8. Rainy September 20, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    I just wanted to tell you about a moment I had with God. In July I lost my sister to cancer and Dec my mother to cancer. My Dad moved in with me and we found out he has Alzheimers. It has been a hard time for my family. I just recently put my dad into a rehab facility and will be moving him into a memory unit. Anyway….before he moved out we would set on my porch just being still but enjoying each other and the beautiful morning weather. One morning a humming bird just come up and looked at us. It just stopped in mid air. This was a sign from God everything is going to be ok. We had not had humming birds in our yard all year long. It was my mom’s favorite bird. She always had humming bird feeders on her porch. My dad and mom would just set and watch them together. I feel the my heart was being lifted and knew that everything would be ok from then on. I was in the process of making a choice of what to do about dad and moving him. It has been a very hard choice but again yesterday when I was feeling down about my choice the little humming bird come back to see me. Now that is LOVE!

  9. Kim Mathews September 20, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    Hi Sharon, My most amazing moment with Our Lord was during the early days after my earthly father passed away. He was my EVERYTHING. I loved him more than I can express, he was my GREATEST and DEAREST friend, my mentor, my super hero, if you will. I was grieving so much. He died on vacation in Hawaii, his favorite place, we had plans upon his return. I longed for him and them. I sought relief knowing his eyes beheld his favorite place on Earth and I knew he was with Our Lord. However, the night I laid in bed, hysterical crying (again), explaining to Our Lord, “All I want is to be hugged by my Daddy again, one last time…” I had the best hug ever, the most peace ever felt as I drifted off to sleep. Now, was it my earthly Daddy or my Daddy Our Lord, not sure. I’d like to think both hugged me securely that night. Thanks for allowing me to share. 🙂

  10. Carol Mundy September 20, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

    I had one of these “God” moments recently. I have been struggling with trying to lose weight and other things that had me trapped. I was up in the wee hours of the morning and I sat in my rocking chair and started to cry out to God. Well, of course the tears came fast and furious and I confessed to Him how tired I was and I couldn’t do all this anymore, not alone. Tired of fighting. I got an image of Him trying to hold me in His loving arms and I raised both my arms and just rested there. It was as real to me as could be. (I also struggle with doubting even who I am in Him). Felt like I had “church” right there in my living room. The next day or later that same day was Sunday! So precious to me. May sound crazy to others, but I hope I never get over it! That all-consuming was He just spoke to the dark places of my heart. I just love all your devotionals, they really encourage and inspire me just about every day. Sometimes I print them out and send them other GIG’s! Thanks for all you do.

  11. amber September 20, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    The other day I was thinking about God and wanting to spend more time with him, and all the things that get in the way. And I remembered something I read in my daily devotions, and a song I sometimes hear on my christian music channel started playing in my head, and so I decided to turn on the radio, and low and behold it was the same song playing.. I knew then it was God letting me know he heard my thoughts, and misses me as much as I missed him…

  12. Tina s September 20, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    I had felt the presence of GOD before, but there I sat in the hospital room as they took my husband for his 4th surgery in 3 days. I looked out the hospital room window and up into the sky and said “GOD..I dont know how much longer I can do this”.

    In that split second I felt his presence but also him so to me: “Tina, I created him, he belongs to me and I am going to take care of him.”

    From then on, both my husband and I had complete peace for the days that lay ahead.
    God did touch my husband, the cancer was contained in one area instead of all throughout his body and has now had good lab/test results for the last 6 months.

    GOD is wanting to show himself to us, we just need to learn to look around.

  13. Erica J September 20, 2012 at 3:25 pm #

    God has revealed himself to me on so many occasions and I truly feel blessed! I distinctly remember being on a treadmill in a hotel in Hawaii that overlooked the ocean. I was fortunate to see the beautiful sunrise as I got in a run for the day. It was such an encouragement and a moment to celebrate just how awesome He is!

  14. R Murphy September 20, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

    We once had a similar celestial smile experience. We were on a quiet beach with our preteen son and behind him, over the water a cloud formation that looked like a smiling person giving us a thumbs up! We took several pictures and told our son to turn around so he could see it , I truly believe that God has a great sense of humour and loves to make His presence known!

  15. Stefani Gifford September 20, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

    I will never forget a time before I was walking with the Lord and He revealed Himself to me. You see before I came to know the Lord intimately I was an drug addict for 22 years. One day when I was feeling overwhelmed with loneliness and despair, I dared God to prove He was real. It was an cloudy overcast day and I looked up into the sky and told God ” If you are real God , let a single ray of sunshine shine down on me right now!”
    As I finished my sentence the clouds broke open and a single ray of sunshine shone down on me. It warmed my entire being from the inside out and I felt God carress my face with His own hand. It was absolutely amazing! I didn’t change my life then, as a matter of fact it was around ten years later when I finally did, but I always held on to that day. It was a glimmer of hope in a very dark time in my life. Now as i reflect on that day the tears well up knowing even then God was patiently waiting for me. Longing for the opportunity to shower me, a sinner, with His Love.

  16. Diana September 20, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

    Thank you so much for posting this today! I truly want to see the Lord in the busyness of my days. This morning I saw a co-worker, a gentleman who works in our mailroom. He has been so weary by the burdens of life, his wife battling cancer and he’s battling growing expenses and a dwindling paycheck, trying to make ends meet while caring for his beloved wife. Downcast most days, I have tried to give him a glimpse of his Savior, caring for both him and his wife, financially, physically and otherwise. I have prayed for him and his dear wife, spoken words of encouragement to him to not give up and trust God. Yesterday, she was getting tested to see if the treatments had worked. Praise God, no signs of cancer! I was praying that God would show himself real to this man whose faith was dwindling, and He did!!! I love it when God shows up like this, and I told this man that! Look what God has done for you! He also showed up for me, showing me the power in praying for others and the joy written on that man’s face because of what God has done! Thank you Lord.

  17. Vicki September 20, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

    Like you, I seek alone time with God. Outside my place of work is a lovely garden area complete with a man-made stream, large rocks, and landscaping. I had been going through a particularly difficult time, when one morning, I went outside and found a rock to sit on. I began to speak to God, but then changed my mind. I decided I had been doing too much talking lately. So, I asked God to please do the talking today – I just want to listen. Just then, a tiny hummingbird swooped down and hovered in the flowering bush next to my rock. A tear came to my eye, and I knew I wasn’t alone in the garden.

  18. Margie Simmons September 20, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

    My sudden glory moment was when I went out to water my two trees. See, we’ve had a terrible bout with grasshoppers and everytime I’d go out to water my trees some leaves would be missing. Eventually the grasshoppers ate all the leaves and started eating the bark. With the way my trees were looking I thought they were dead or going to die. I prayed over them and asked God to bless them, I still had hope! One evening I went out to water (thinking what’s the point of watering when they just might be dead!) and to my surprise there were new leaves sprouting out on both trees!! I gasped, and started crying and praising God!! It was like he was saying see, Margie I do hear you and I love you! God is so amazing!!

  19. Lisa Harrell September 20, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

    Sharon,
    Your devotional today touched my heart. I have custody of my 3 wonderful children and I’ve been in a nasty custody battle with my ex-husband and tomorrow marks the one year anniversary that this ugly battle began. When this started, I prayed for victory, wanting to “crush” my enemy, not taking into account that my enemy was and is my childrens’ father. Well, as the year progressed I kept praying, I prayed God would change my ex and open his eyes to his wrong doings. I prayed God would bring someone into his life so he would focus on other things and leave me and my little family alone.

    And one day my sister informed me that maybe I was praying for the wrong things. I pondered this for a long time, wondering how in the world could I be praying wrong??? Then I started thinking harder and I changed my mindset. I prayed God would give me patience. I prayed that God would give me peace and understanding. I still prayed for my ex, but not for anything in particular. I lifted him up before God, knowing that He knew what my ex needed. And most of all, I prayed for forgiveness and healing.

    Now, all through the summer I had hopes that my ex would sign the new custody agreement and that it would bring peace to our family. Well, at the last minute my ex decided not to sign anything and my attorney calendered a date for the custody hearing; the week of September 24. Well today, I received the news that it was scheduled for Wednesday, September 26. My heart sank, immediately. I knew what I was about to go through and, potentially, what my children were about to go through. Not to mention, I started to get a hard time from my boses at work about taking time off during a crucial time in the office. So, I immediately emailed my pastor and explained to him that we were going to court. I asked him to pray for me, my new husband, and the children. I prayed for wisdome, strength, and courage. I also called my mother to let her know that I have turned this over to my Heavenly Father. I realized this is a battle that I, alone, cannot fight nor win. I also reminded myself that God will never send us somewhere where He hasn’t gone before us.

    To make a long story short. I received a call this afternoon from my attorney and he told me that my ex has agreed to sign a new custody order that keeps the children with me and my husband. At that moment, I felt those sunbeams that you referred to shining down on me. I thanked God immediatelty for intervening in what seemed like an impossible situation. It was also a humble reminder about the fact that God does his best work when we let him work on and change us, individually, rather than asking Him to change and work on someone else.

    Thank you for the daily reminders about God’s love and grace! I’m a walking testament to it, alhtough, I’m a work in progress, and need constant reminders 🙂

    God bless you,

    Lisa

  20. Carolyn September 20, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

    Hi Sharon!
    First, let me say that I absolutely love your devotionals (along with the other GiG’s). I share them with my 5 sisters every morning and when I forget, they politely remind me:) I want to share one of my “sudden glory” moments, but when I go to the link and try to click on the appropriate tab to share, nothing happens. I wasn’t sure if it’s just my computer, or if there’s a problem with the link.
    Thanks so much and God Bless!
    Carolyn

  21. Sherry September 20, 2012 at 11:28 pm #

    My King Gave Me Roses

    One morning in October of 2007, I woke up with a song ringing through my soul. I couldn’t place the song, it was familiar, but I couldn’t remember the words. I had such a strong desire to hear this song.

    I got up and got started with my day, only it wasn’t a very good day. I had been wrestling with something. I would give it to the Lord, but then take it back. I couldn’t surrender it. This had been going on for a couple of weeks until now I was just miserable. Finally, I dropped to the floor just sobbing. I realized I couldn’t do anything with this struggle. It had to be surrendered to the Lord and left with Him. I had to trust Him. I lay there in complete surrender, crying and asking that He forgive me for not trusting Him. Then the Lord spoke to my heart, “go make some brownies”. I didn’t feel like making brownies. I was an emotional wreck and yet I went into the kitchen and started making them. I turned on the radio (I always do when I cook) and the song I wanted to hear was the 2ND SONG PLAYED. It was Chris Tomlin’s “How Can I Keep from Singing.” God had been trying to tell me…no matter the storm, praise Him anyway. I began rejoicing for how He had blessed me.

    I was singing along and praising Him when I realized I was out of baking powder. I thought oh well, I’ll just run to the store and pick some up real quick. As I’m standing in the check out line, a guy from produce comes walking over with roses that he believed were passed their time to sell. I was given 1 dozen yellow roses. They were absolutely beautiful! Do you know what the primary significance of yellow roses are: Friendship, Joy, Get Well. MY KING GAVE ME ROSES! The Lord was reminding me that my joy comes from my salvation, that I have a friend in Jesus, and He raised my spirits till they soared…

    “How Can I Keep From Singing”

    There is an endless song
    Echoes in my soul
    I hear the music ring

    And though the storms may come
    I am holding on
    To the rock I cling

    How can I keep from singing Your praise
    How can I ever say enough
    How amazing is Your love
    How can I keep from shouting Your name
    I know I am loved by the King
    And it makes my heart want to sing

    I will lift my eyes
    In the darkest night
    For I know my Savior lives

    And I will walk with You
    Knowing You’ll see me through
    And sing the songs You give

    I can sing in the troubled times
    Sing when I win
    I can sing when I lose my step
    And fall down again
    I can sing ’cause You pick me up

    Sing ’cause You’re there
    I can sing ’cause You hear me, Lord
    When I call to You in prayer
    I can sing with my last breath
    Sing for I know
    That I’ll sing with the angels
    And the saints around the throne

    Don’t ever stop praising and count your blessings every day, even in the storms.

  22. Lynn Ricards September 21, 2012 at 5:59 am #

    This devotion was amazing and personal. This morning as I walked my little dog in the park across the street, I suddenly noticed how blue the sky was. Not only was it a beautiful shade of blue, but there were white clouds scattered all around. Each cloud formation was unique. Not one was the same, but all were unusual and beautiful. I started talking to the Lord and asking him if he designed the sky just for me at that moment. I talked to him about his “paintbrush” that dipped in white cloud paint and created such beauty. I hoped he would show me how he did it when I get to heaven. I cherished that moment talking to the Lord at the beginning of this day. Your devotion was a magnificent confirmation to me of the Lord’s touch this morning.

  23. Danielle September 21, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

    God has revealed himself to me many times over the past few months, but one in particular stands out. I have been having a lot of health issues since this past April, and about 2 months ago, I came out to my back patio to sit. I was pretty upset that night and exhausted in every way possible. Obstacles just seemed to be being thrown at me from every angle medically:(

    As I sat down to talk with Him, I looked up at the sky and there was the most beautiful double rainbow I have ever seen! Actually, I’ve never seen a double rainbow before! It was as if He was telling me that everything was going to be alright, He loved me and was going to take care of me! A smile came across my face and a little flutter in my heart came and I knew it was Him!

  24. Ann September 21, 2012 at 11:15 pm #

    I was driving down the highway on my way home from work today, stewing about everything that had gone wrong during the day and all the work I have to do this weekend. Right in the middle of my troubled, joyless thoughts, I checked traffic in my rearview mirror. I think I actually gasped out loud at what I saw in the sky behind me–a rainbow! Not just any rainbow, but the widest one I had ever seen, and I could see every single, vibrant color in it. I kept glancing back at it for as long as I could (without driving unsafely!) and found myself grinning from ear-to-ear. “Everything will be OK,” that rainbow said to me. I still don’t know HOW everything will be okay; I just know it will be. I am doubly blessed: I hadn’t even asked God directly for help; He reached out to me.

  25. peter September 22, 2012 at 3:53 am #

    Thru simply praying recently after struggling with auto amune liver decease ,low energy low mood swings and fear that god wasn’t seeing my struggle,’Lord I need to feel my preciousnes to u,wow next minute it was like the light went on,i floated down a staircase as i left the building,got into my car and drove home.like your other responders words are hard to find.The lord is so close and wants to intimately embrace us his adopted children..my independance and anger and distrust had caused me to miss his thoughts for me. thankyou jesus.

  26. Joanne September 22, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    For the glory of God I appreciated sitting with my beloved cats, wrapped in a blanket, drinking my coffee. I woke my husband and loved seeing his handsome face, as he almost didn’t make it after being diagnosed with heart failure…but he’s healthy with his medications and changed his lifestyle for the better. I made toast and was grateful to have it during such hard financial times. For His glory I read your daily devotional and always pray the precious prayers you send my way. Thank God for my life. Please pray that we will survive this financial storm. Also I have laughed, and loved, in His precious, holy Name. Thank you, Jesus for everything you have given to us.

  27. Amy September 24, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    Sharon,
    I believe I have had many glory moments with God but this one will stand above all the rest for all the days of my life! I was graced with the sound of God. Our Pastor’s messages always have a way of touching my heart, she just has an uncanny ability through Him to speak what I need to hear. The time leading up to Easter this year was difficult to say the least; you see my Psstor is also one of my best friends. She was leading our small church but unfortunately religiosity was reigning in the church, things were continuing to go from bad to worse and I just knew deep in my heart that the church I had attended all my life would no longer be where I would be in a short time. I knew my friend and Pastor could not take much more of the legalistic religiosity and that God was calling us both elsewhere. My heart was breaking for the small congregation I knew would be left behind and I cried daily for what had become a very difficult situation. I even wrote a short essay of sorts in a last desperate attempt to help those legalistic members. My writing told the deep fear in my heart…..that Jesus was no longer present in this church, that He had been given a backseat and legalistic religiosity has taken over the driving. So, not long after writing this the Pastor gave her message on one of the last seven sentences Jesus spoke on the cross. In midst of this message was a powerful part of her message where Mary, Mary and John were at the foot of the cross. I was overcome as a mother by this image of Mary at the foot of the cross while her Son suffered cruelly and then was stripped naked and further humiliated. I must pause here and tell you, our little church had no choir and no one who could even carry a tune in a bucket. Lately I had been recording the messages in my phone and listening to them later just to catch what I may have missed. That Sunday I recorded as usual. The day was am emotional day for me as the legalistic issues continued to worsen and my Pastor friends heart continued to break along with my own. As I was fixing dinner I decided to listen to the recorded message, as it came to the part of her description of Mary at the foot of the cross I gasped, rewinded the recording and listened over and over. In the background of her talking could be heard the most beautiful humming I have ever heard in my life. Again, no one…I repeat no one in our church could carry a tune and the organist was sitting in the pew no where near the organ during this time. This humming can be described no other way than angelic, I cannot identify the tune but it reminded me of a woman singing her child to sleep and just as the baby drifts off her words go from words to humming, as I prayed over this God comforted my heart….He said to me, “Amy, Mary’s heart was breaking, the Roman soldiers would not allow her to do anything to comfort her son, so she did the only thing she could without them noticing. She hummed this beautiful tune from His long ago childhood; a tune that used to comfort Him as a fussy baby. I give you the ears to hear this beautiful tune as well because I know how much you love the people of your church and because you need to know that no matter what happens I will care for them”. It was just a few weeks later my friend confided she was resigning from the church. Her last day was in May and I have never returned to the church I knew all my life. Out of the ashes of the legalistic religiosity was born a brand new ministry. I have the humble privilege of being on the Vision Team for this ministry. I still mourn the loss of my lifelong church friends but whenever sadness overcomes me I remember His comforting words and that beautiful humming and I know my friends are well cared for. The love He gave me that day, through that tune fills my heart with Sudden Glory whenever I recall it. Thank you my Loving Lord and Savior for this Sudden Glory moment:-)

  28. Carolyn September 24, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

    One of my “sudden glory” moments occurred a few years ago. It was a crisp, late afternoon in the fall and I was taking my usual walk/jog in the park. For me, walking/jogging is far more than a way to get some great cardio… it’s my prayer and meditation time alone with God. I was in a particularly chaotic space in my life (primarily because I was not being obedient to God’s call for me to move on from my job…but that’s another story:)) so this private time was much needed. As I walked and jogged, my mind was racing…thinking about what I needed to do when I got home, what I needed to do in preparation for the next day, and how much I had to get done by the end of the week. As I circled around the park and came back to my starting point, I noticed a large flock of geese in one of the grassy areas in the middle of one of the many pathways around the park. I continued to walk in their direction, fascinated by the amount of geese (there were about 40), but even more astounded by what they were doing. These geese were standing completely still in their “V” formation (the same way in which they fly), on one leg with the other extended back behind them. Their mouths were slightly opened, but they uttered no sound. To top it all off, they were facing the sunset. There were other people around, but no one seemed to notice but me. Now, science says that geese stand on one leg to regulate their body temperature. I’ve also read that geese may sleep in this posture as well. All I know, is in that moment, GOD spoke to my spirit and reminded me to “Be still, and know that I am GOD.” To me, these geese were taking a moment to honor the Creator and to commune with Him. In the hectic pace of the day and in the chaos of my mind, I was so intent on trying to “get things done” that I had forgotten to allow Him to lead me. Even though I had designated this time of day for prayer and meditation, I was neither praying nor meditating because of the “busyness” of my mind. I wanted to run to my car and get my phone to get a picture of this, but GOD spoke to me and told me to focus on the moment. Suddenly, there was an amazing rush of calm and stillness that washed all over me. Tears began to fill my eyes, and joy filled my heart as I thought about His Sovereignty and my frailty…and that He chose to speak to my internal chaos at that very moment and quiet my spirit so that I could regain focus. I’ve never forgotten that day and often refer back to it when I’m feeling “too busy.” His love for me (in spite of me) still blows my mind.

  29. Holly September 24, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

    Last Summer I had the stomach flu really bad. I was throwing up so much that eventually there was nothing left in my stomach to throw up, but clearly my mind and body didn’t understand that. Anyway, even though I felt so sick, I felt God’s peace through it all. at one point I sat on my bathroom floor listening to worship music and reading my bible, waiting for the next “throw up session”, but yet I was just so calm and happy and filled with peace! God was there every moment!

  30. Sharon September 25, 2012 at 3:54 am #

    One day I was driving and thinking anxiously about what was going on in my life. I was getting to the point of worry, when I glanced up at the clouds in the sky. They seemed to form a giant hand complete with fingers. I felt God telling me that everything would work out. His hand was out-stretched to take care of me. I was reminded to give my worries to Him.

  31. JOANIE November 1, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    HI Sharon, I just read about sunset it was beautiful .I love your writing. thanks for sharing. take care<3 joanie

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