Sitting in the window seat on a recent trip I found myself staring out the window. I had read and my eyes were tired and I couldn’t concentrate. I took out a magazine and thumbed through the articles. I pulled out my MP3 player and listened to some songs of my brother’s, recorded a year or two before he passed away. I found myself thinking about him and listening to his music.
As we jetted along it was a kind of cloudy day, but once in a while there would be a break and I would get a glimpse of a city some 30,000 feet below. I began looking for, anticipating the breaks so I could see what we were flying over. Sometimes I could see a city, other times little towns; we passed over the Rocky Mountains. We passed over areas where I couldn’t even find a road. We had long periods of just clouds.
Life is shrouded in sin. The contamination has come upon the world and the reaping of what has been sown is devastating. We see it all around us, and it clouds our vision. Somehow it hides the promise of God’s Kingdom.
But once in a while we see a vision of the coming Kingdom. The clouds are rolled back, separated, and we see glimpses of the love of God vividly displayed and our hope is renewed. We experience the Spirit that was given as a down payment toward our coming inheritance. Hope is alive, faith is renewed; love prevails.
I hear people quote the little verse from 1 Corinthians, chapter 2, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him…” I call it a little verse because the verse after is the big one, “these things God has revealed to us through His spirit.” I find myself praying for these revelations. I pray for the clouds to be cleared. Maybe that’s what seeking the Kingdom first is all about (Matthew 6:33).
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