want to get out of bed. But I had to. My two children needed to be awakened,
dressed, fed, and taken to the bus stop. Discipline finally shoved my feet onto
cocoon myself in bedcovers nagged me every morning. Marital conflict had
shredded the fabric of our family. The emotional and financial security I’d
relied on for thirteen years lay in fragments. I was tempted to throw all the
pieces into the garbage can.
of my faith seemed threadbare too. I mended it daily with prayer and Bible
reading. But the constant strain of uncertainty, anger, and heartache created
new holes morning, noon, and night.
devotional reading took me to Exodus 33. Spiritually bruised by the golden calf
episode, Moses cried out to God, “Show me your glory.”
what I need, Lord,” I whispered. “Your glory. I need your presence to fill me
with hope, to give me strength to make it through this day.”
goodness will pass before you,” God said to Moses. And to me.
seemed to say. “I’m a good, faithful, compassionate God. I always do what is
right. I did what was right for Moses. I’ll do what’s right for you.”
heart throbbed, resisting the truth God’s Word spoke.
surrounds you all the time,” God assured me. “My goodness, mercy,
righteousness, and love. Open your eyes.”
throbbing eased. Calmness cocooned me. The comfort
of God’s presence and the certainty of His promises seeped into my soul.
verse flitted across my mind, “The heavens declare the glory of God.”
Spirit within me whispered, “What are you declaring today?”
have anything to give,” I murmured. “I’m empty. I need help. Strength. Wisdom.”
what you need glorifies My name.”
mess, Lord. Thank You for loving me anyway, for the comfort of Your Word, for
Your presence with me.”
for what you receive glorifies My name.”
it’s difficult to see God’s glory. But that doesn’t mean it’s not present,
anymore than a cloudy day means the sun isn’t present. Circumstances may
eclipse God’s glory—the splendor of His character and the certainty of His
promises—but they can never erase it.
mercy, God eventually mended my marriage, but other problems have arisen over the
years. On many occasions the storm clouds of family conflicts, financial
setbacks, and work-related stress have drenched my faith and veiled God’s
ask God to show me His glory—not because I think it isn’t there, but because
the eyes of my faith are too blurred by pride, anger, or pain to see it. I ask
God to reveal Himself to me in simple ways: the grasp of a friend’s hand, the
color wheel of a sunrise, a safe trip to the grocery store, or the sharp bite
of dark chocolate.
learning to declare His glory whether I see it or not: to ask when I’m in need,
to thank Him when I’ve received, and to pass His goodness on to others.
surrounds us. Do our lives mirror its brilliance?
“Then he[Moses] said to Him, ‘If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here. For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us? So we shall be separate, Your people and I, from all the people who are upon the face of the earth.’ So the Lord said to Moses, ‘I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.’ And Moses said, ‘Please, show me Your glory.'” ~ Exodus 33:15-17
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Loock is a freelance writer, speaker, and editor. Her two devotionals, Open
Your Hymnal and Open
Your Hymnal Again, encourage readers to open their hearts to the timeless
biblical truths that classic hymns and gospel songs contain. She is also the
founder of Dig Deeper Devotions,
a website dedicated to encouraging and enabling Christians to dig deeper into
nonfiction book editor, she uses her twenty-nine years’ experience as an
English teacher to help Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas produce high
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