For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. (1 Corinthians 13:12)
“Crinkle, crinkle yittle star, how I wonder what you are…” I sang gently alongside my little grand-daughter as I rocked her to sleep. Her head rested on my shoulder and before long, I could feel her go limp in my arms. I placed her in the crib, prayed a quiet prayer and stood a minute watching her surrender to sleep. In those sweet moments, God tapped me on the shoulder and I felt drawn into awareness that, much like this,
He watches over me wherever I happen to be in my life. He sees me as I come and as I go. He sings alongside my songs and delights in knowing and loving me.
He may feel distant at times, but I only need look up to find His face! He is always there, His eyes awaiting mine.
Seeking the face of God as we walk through our day invites us to notice where He is speaking, correcting, or guiding. It may seem vague, but it really is as simple as returning to awareness that God is here. Simple or not, I find I need practical help and so I set an alarm on my phone that rings every hour to remind me to “look up”. It is easy to live a day immersed in activity, mentally disconnected from God, but anytime I agree to slow down I can feel soul-space open up and the potential for face-time! I try to build into my week a rhythm of walks, prayer, spiritual reading, listening to worship music, and meditating on the Word, all as efforts to look at Jesus. We live fully known by God at every moment, but if we want to see His face in the mirror, His life formed in us, we must engage with Him!
I am always intrigued by the moments in Scripture that mention an eye-to-eye encounter with Jesus. Like Jairus, who upon receiving word of his daughter’s death, looks up to find Jesus’ eyes on him with a command, “Do not be afraid. Just believe.” I can imagine Jairus thinking, “What shall I believe? My daughter has just died!”
Whatever it was that Jairus saw as he stood facing Jesus grabbed him from the midst of his despair, set him on his feet, and led him to a resurrection!
“Talitha Koum! Little girl, wake up!” And, she did! Is this what happens when we face Jesus? Do we notice Him looking at us over the crowd and into our broken hearts? Are we helped to hear His voice that shouts hope to our despair? Are we emboldened to follow Him to places where our lives are restored and where we feel His gentle tap that reminds us He is watching over us?
“Lord, I want to see Your face. I want to remember You and live in Your presence more today than yesterday. Help me to engage with you, to slow down enough to hear you calling to me over, what is sometimes, a crowded life. Thank You for the tap on my shoulder and the reassurance that you watch over me. Amen.”
What about you?
What would be like to live a day looking at Jesus? How might it affect your thoughts? Your choices?
Have you experienced the face of God? The sense of Him seeing and knowing you?
Does the pace of your life allow for slowing down? Can you see Jesus over what crowds around you each day?
What habits help you connect to God?
God loves you and knows you. He watches over you always. Slow down and look up!
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