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Reflections from Lent

What does it mean “to see God”? Surely it doesn’t mean actually seeing the face of God?

Exodus 33:18-20 Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.” And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.” (NIV)

When I “see” God or, when I “hear” God, it isn’t about the physical attributes of “seeing” and “hearing” that I refer but rather the spiritual. Since it isn’t related to a physical experience does that make the experience less real? Absolutely not! God is Father, Son, and (Holy) Spirit. The Holy Spirit is our Advocate (John 16:7). The Holy Spirit reveals God’s will for us and will glorify Him (John 16:14).

I decided to fast during the recent Lent season, choosing to forego something that would remind me of the ongoing blessings from God. Fasting and daily bible study made me feel more in touch with God. While I say it “made me feel” it was more than a feeling. I was more connected with the Holy Spirit, thus more connected with God. While God is always connected with me, I’m not always connected as I should be, with God. I guess you could say I had a heightened since of connection, seeing God at work in the “little” things in my life.

As a parent, I didn’t always wait for my children to ask for help before helping them. I didn’t (and still don’t) just help when my children are desperate. Isn’t God a better parent than I could ever hope to be? (that’s rhetorical) I noticed God helping me in small ways, during Lent, that I might have otherwise overlooked had I not been purposeful in my efforts to focus on His will for my life. I won’t take up your time detailing the events in the Blog but if you are interested, remind me to tell you about the Pressure Washer and/or the Cutting of the Wood experiences. 😁

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