I sat out in the backyard this morning to enjoy my toast and coffee. It was peaceful and my eyes were drawn to a cloud in the sky silently wisping by. The longer I looked, the more I became aware of. The birds flitting about and warbling. The bee buzzing around my foot. The leaves on the trees bending an ear to the whisper of the gentle breeze. The warmth of the sun. The beauty of the blazing-red pomegranates on my neighbour’s tree. The green of the grass and the blue of the sky. I was caught in a moment of serenity, the peace that surpasses all understanding; God allowed me a snippet of glory. Immediately I thought, “God is here! God is in the clouds, the sky, the birds, the bee, the breeze, the pomegranates, the grass, the sky.” I thought… But then I realised that he was in none of these. Yes, all of creation is God-breathed and bears his beauty, but he was in none of these things this morning. He was in the still small voice. God was in the still small voice of his temple in my heart. And his voice said to me, “Look up!” So, I looked up into the sky again at the cloud I had first noticed, now further to the left of my gaze and thought, “What do you want me to see or look for, God?” Suddenly, it dawned on me. I was reminded of (Matthew 24:30): Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see ‘the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven’ with power and great glory. Unbeknownst to me at first, but graciously revealed by God’s still small voice, I was looking for Jesus in the clouds. He wasn’t there. He too, resides in the temple of God in my heart. In all our hearts. Why? To protect us. There is an old saying that says, “Keep your enemies close.” Who are our enemies? Sin, death, and the devil. So, the Seed of Adam, Jesus Christ, keeps his heel on the head of the serpent so he can’t hurt our soul. Praise God! Blessed be his name, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who lives and rules in our hearts, one God, now, one God forever. Amen. I will look again tomorrow morning.
Pastor Greg Bensted
Pastor is here, most weekday mornings from 9:00am