Friday, January 23, 2009

A Glimpse

The past two days we have gotten a welcome break from the bitterly cold weather and had spring-like temperatures. I love days like these. Days where you can actually take the kids out and play in the yard. Days where you can work in the yard without coats, gloves, and scarves and without the sun beating down on you causing you to ask yourself why you decided to fore go the sunscreen. Days where we can fire up the grill and cook some steaks for dinner. I love these kind of days. I find respite in them, particularly when they're few and far between during the harsh winter months. They give me a glimpse of what's to come.

As I was reflecting on the splendidness of the weather the past two days, I found myself asking this question:

"How many times does God give me glimpses of glory that I never notice, acknowledge, or bask in?"

The answer, I fear, is way too often. Not the glimpses, but rather my failure to notice them and see them for what they are - gifts.

I've been searching for these glimpses and found that these are some of the glimpses God has brought to my attention and allowed me in on. I know that they're just a mere glimpse of what Glory may be like, but oh how great it is to think of what else our eyes will one day see.

~It's in the smiles of my children.

~It's in the pain we go through, because one day, there will be no pain.

~It's in the morning hugs, the goodnight kisses.

~It's in Anna's rendition of Jesus Loves Me and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

~It's in a phone call from a friend you haven't heard from in awhile.

~It's in a sermon that God spoke to you through.

~It's in the hard days of cleaning up vomit and diarrhea, because one day, there will be no sickness.

~It's in the "I love yous" of the day.

~It's in the laughter of a child.

~It's in the embrace of your husband.

~It's in having fun with your family.

~It's in looking at old pictures and remembering days gone past.

~It's in friendship and boisterous laughter.

~It's in having a church family to worship with, to cry with, and that will come along side you when you need it most.

~It's in the warmth of a sleeping child that you've rocked to sleep, in the smell of his baby's breath.

~It's in movie and popcorn night and cuddling with the one you love.

~It's in the tears of your children, because one day, there will be no more tears.

~It's in the warmth of the sunshine, the refreshing breeze of the wind, and the coolness of the rain.

~It's in everything. It's in me, in you, our children and families, our friends .... It's in Him and the fullness of knowing Him.

What glimpses has God been trying to show you?

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