“Sometimes we don’t fully see that in Christ, because of Christ, through Christ, He does give us all things good — until we have the perspective of years.
In times, years, dust settles.
In memory, ages, God emerges.
Then when we look back, we see God’s back.
Wasn’t that His way with Moses? “When My glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock, and cover you with My hand until I have passed by. Then I will remove My hand, and you will see My back.” (Exodus 33:22&23, NIV)
Is that it? When it gets dark, it’s only because God has tucked me into the cleft of the rock and covered me, protected, with His hand? In the pitch, I feel like I’m falling, sense the bridge giving way, God long absent. In the dark, the bridge and my world shakes, cracking dreams. But maybe this is true reality: It is in the dark that God is passing by. The bridge and our lives shake not because God has abandoned, but the exact opposite: God is passing by. God is in the tremors. Dark is the holiest ground, the glory passing by. In the blackest, God is closest, at work, forging His perfect and right will. Though it is black and we can’t see and our world seems to be free-falling and we feel utterly alone, Christ is most present to us, I-beam supporting in earthquake. Then He will remove His hand. Then we will look.
Then we look back and see His back.” ~ Ann Voskamp, author of “One Thousand Gifts”
My sister, as she was reading through “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp, found this quote. And I thought it was an encouraging thought. How many times do we feel as if our world is falling apart, as if everything we have known heretofore is changing at an unmeasurable speed, but at the same time, we feel closest to God? I can say that when my family went through unlooked for trials, it was in that time that we felt God’s strength, His support, His comfort, the most. What do you think?