Can you imagine God’s visible presence as a pillar of fire by night, and a cloud by day? God’s chosen in the Old Testament weren’t blessed to have the Holy Spirit present within, as those in the Church Age.
Earlier in verse four of chapter sixteen, the Lord told Moses He would rain down bread from heaven. Each day, manna appeared. The Israelites were instructed to gather only what they needed for each day. God also provided quail so the people had meat to eat in the evening.
According to verse 35, those dear wanderers ate manna for forty years. Can you imagine? I’m sure I would have been tempted to grumble over eating the same thing day in and day out. But maybe not, with God reminding me He was right there in a cloud?
He’s right here with us today, as well. Much like the wandering Israelites, we often are prone to grumble or focus on our circumstance rather than look for His presence. When we least expect it, He makes His nearness known.
In the spring of 2014 my husband and I stopped at a country cemetery around twenty miles from our home. We walked through the west side and the east side, recognizing a few names. The sense of peace and quiet, the beauty of the setting, struck us both as a perfect location for our final earthly resting place.
We stopped again on a Saturday in March of this year, and picked our spots. We called the board secretary, and she said she’d be right out.
The day was picture perfect. There is a pond to the south across the road. I sat on a bench to absorb the cloudless, deep blue sky. I wanted to soak in and enjoy the ambience of the whole place.
My husband Bill came and sat beside me. It was so serenely peaceful, I started to sing “The Old Rugged Cross.”
A rushing wind came up from the north behind us, that distinct sound of wind in the pines, and it passed to the southeast, where it swirled a whirlwind of leaves through a naked tree along the drive. It dissipated as abruptly as it appeared.
I was awestruck. Goose bumps rained over me. I smiled and had tears at the same time.
If we open our hearts, minds, and souls, we can be overwhelmed by His presence. Any day, any century.
Have you ever been so filled with awed amazement that it threatened to burst through the walls of your heart and seep out your pores? Has your heart delighted in His love?
Oh, dear gracious Father, thank You for showing yourself when we least expect it. You promise to never leave us nor forsake us. I delight in You. I am so blessed that You reveal yourself to me when I am enjoying your creation. Thank You for giving me life on earth, and new life that draws me closer to seeing You in Person.
Find Paisley's Pattern on sale on the Pelican Book Group site!