Some moments stir a soul to reflection…
the hush of winter’s first snowfall
the unceasing rhythm of ocean’s kissed beach
the pink, purple, and golden hues of yesterday’s sunset
Within a breath’s span, they transport us and set apart ordinary time. Unexpected holiness drops into the day. Intricate interplay of innumerable details converge for beauty surreal.
These precious moments reflect divine presence well beyond my own construct.
I am in awe of creation’s reveal of God’s holiness. Revelations emerge despite my frenzied pace and distracted days. I need only to pause. Irresistible splendor and grace inhabit the most unexpected corners.
The nearer I draw to the Lord, the more His beauty and holiness materialize. These divine outbreaks also reveal the high standard to which He calls. I, in turn, discover a yearning to respond. How might I set apart myself unto Him?
God’s revelation in his Word, through the Holy Spirit, and in creation itself demands a response. I seek him further still. Spiritual to the very core of our being, a void cannot exist. When the center is not filled with God, other influences — self, ambition, physical stuff — spill in.
From the lives of Old Testament patriarchs to the Christ-followers of the early church, the pages of the Bible reveal the Lord’s desire for a living faith within us. It’s the eagerness to set aside swirling, self-centered inclinations for the holy desires of God’s will.
As I cling to his promises, I am able to more closely step into God’s ongoing handiwork. Lamentably, however, I still make mistakes. Graciously, however more, the experiences teach me and refine my faith. God does not lower his standard due to my choices. He is holy. Reckoning will come. Yet through love, sacrifice, and life in Christ we can approach his Kingdom throne. He graciously enables our journey into his Holy of Holies.
Each day I commit to holiness is another day to search my soul. I regularly find roadblocks and distractions hindering my faith journey.
The more I search, the more flaws I find.
And yet, amidst the despair, increasing measures of God’s grace arise.
Once again, I humbly skirt the edges of God’s holiness. Awestruck and grace-filled.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and steadfast spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10).
Posted by Sharon R Hoover