– Secret Place Insights –
Dear One, in the picture above the woman, unaware of what she is in need of, is searching. And God, portrayed here as a lion, clearly in view…sadly remains to her the unseen or Unknown God. For those who have come to know God, it seems impossible. How can she possibly not see God? She must not want to see Him!
After these last few weeks, I have a much greater sympathy for all those for whom God remains unknown. For I have been in an up-and-down physical struggle, made worse because the necessary medication did not agree with my system. During that time, I quickly fell out of a daily routine. And a disappointing thing happened. I hate to even admit it, but I began to think less and less about God.
Sometimes upon waking up, I did not even think of greeting God. I just shakily got up, moved from the bedroom to a chair or to the sofa to sleep some more. There was little time spent in my quiet-time room with reading and praying, and there certainly wasn’t any singing His praises.
With that realization, I was thrown into grief, grief, for those who have yet to come to know Him. For if an old Christian like me can bump up against a little bit of hardship, and so quickly place God on the back burner how difficult must it be in our current anti-god society for unbelievers’ eyes to be opened to God?
During difficult times, I have learned to rely heavily on Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him who have been called according to his purpose.” And while going through a hard time I usually look for the lesson to be learned, or the ‘good’ purpose within it. This time, it is easy to discern. I am to have much greater sympathy for those who just cannot see God. Imagine trying to navigate through this life apart from God…how is it even possible? I hope to do my best to double up on mercy, to more lovingly share both Truth and Love for those for whom God remains the Unknown God.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God,
that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy,
acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed
by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is
good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:1-2
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