Thursday, January 14, 2016

Glory

Glory
Abstracted landscapes seem to be very popular now, at least from what I have found in my research. So I wanted to communicate my meaning today in the form of an almost landscape. I want to show glory breaking through dark and stormy circumstances. 

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Grumbling and glory don't seem to have anything in common to me. In fact, they almost seem like opposites. But these two words were strongly linked in my reading this morning. I was really interested to try to think of why that might be.

In Exodus 16, the sons of Israel were complaining to the LORD after wandering for 6 weeks in the wilderness. They were hungry. I usually think about how quickly they had forgotten all that GOD had done for them, but today I was thinking instead about how quick I am to complain, even though HE always supplies more than I need! 

Here is the part that most stuck out to me. Exodus 16:9-10 (NASB) Then Moses said to Aaron, “Say to all the congregation of the sons of Israel, ‘Come near before the Lord, for He has heard your grumblings.’” It came about as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the sons of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and behold, the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud. I had almost expected GOD to respond - after delivering Israel from slavery by sending plagues on Egypt - with fierce anger at their complaining. But instead, HE showed them HIS glory!

My prayer today is that HE will show me HIS glory - (and that I will not grumble)!

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