I'm Atlanta bound this morning and am SO excited to see mom and dad again. I talk with them every day, especially recently, but there's nothing like that "face to face" time.
The same is true for time with God.
Like you, I pray everywhere. Whenever I'm prompted. Whether I'm standing in the grocery line waiting to check out, or taking Jack for a walk, or pulling weeds in the backyard, or blazing down the highway with the praise music cranked up. And while all of those times of prayer are a privilege for which I'm eternally grateful, the "face to face" time with God is so precious.
And "face to face" time with God is what I've been getting in this Beth Moore study I'm currently doing, "A Woman's Heart, God's Dwelling Place."
In learning about the tabernacle and the Israelite's journey through the wilderness, I'm learning more and more about God. About how He works and how He views situations. SO differently from me. About how patient and loving and eternal-minded He is. SO different from me.
And about His omnipresence--how He stands on both edges of eternity and spans the gap, able to see, with perfect clarity, every single "day" from before the beginning of time to well past the ten millionth year of our being home in the New Heaven and New Earth.
Again, so different from me.
There have been times in this study when, after reading, I've simply closed my Bible and have bowed and wept over some new facet of God's beauty, or His goodness, or His mercy that's been revealed.
And in those quiet moments, in those "face to face" encounters when I can hear the tick of the grandfather clock throughout the house, I've come face to face with who I am, and with Who God is, and I'm amazed all over again that He could love me. That He would choose to pursue me. Like He loves you and chooses to pursue you.
If you've not done a Beth Moore study before, I'd encourage you to. And if the Spirit brings us to mind this week, I'd appreciate your prayers for my parents and me as we visit the chemo doctor on Thursday and then have a follow-up meeting with the surgeon on Friday. It's reassuring to know that God waits for us (face to face) in those future moments, as surely as He resides with us in this one.
And THANK YOU for all the song recommendations you offered me last week. I'm listening to them and thinking of you all as I drive today!