When I pause, really pause and draw near to God, He always reveals Himself to me in a different way. This morning after I woke up, I was focusing my thoughts on Him and thought about the veil in the temple being torn in two from TOP to BOTTOM at the moment Jesus died on the cross. This tearing allowing entrance into the Holy of Holies in the temple, into the place where only the High Priest was allowed. A supernatural and human act of sacrificial love ripped a thick, heavy curtain right through. But the Spirit of God wasn’t just sitting and waiting for people to come in to see Him.
God’s love doesn’t wait for me to come in; no, this kind of love comes looking for me, searching until it finds me. With the symbolic tearing of the veil, there was now nothing in between God and all mankind. And that includes me. And you.
Then I thought of Creation in Genesis 1 and 2 and of the firmament being created as “waters were separated from waters” giving room for sky and how it’s described as a dome over the earth. When “God sent His Son into the world” and into the womb of Mary, He tore through that sky, the beautiful blue firmament, to the womb of one young girl who’d found favor with God. And then when the time for his human birth drew near, He tore through the sticky embryonic sac and breathed earthly air into baby lungs.
He’s always coming into what needs Him, removing every barrier, every wall to make it possible for us to come to Him. And sometimes it seems to happen that way, but in reality, we find He’s been searching for us to make us new and introduce us to the Father. Jesus told the disciples, “I am the Good Shepherd” and a Good Shepherd leaves the 99 in safe pasture to go and find the 1 little sheep that has lost its way. Ezekiel wrote, “For thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out.”
As He seeks us out, He draws us to come to Him, and we get another promise that Jeremiah wrote down: “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)
God is always coming with love-light into our darkness, making an unobstructed way, removing anything that would come between us and Him. That’s love, love that searches until it finds. And that temple veil? I like to imagine a love so strong that with the sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross, that the Spirit of God ripped that dividing curtain in two and came soaring out! Soaring out to search, find, and gather His own – those who recognize their need for a love like that.
It’s all about making a way for us to return to God, tearing through anything in the way, and pulling us right into His arms. So what do we do when we realize we’ve patched that curtain and allowed something to divide us away from Him? All we have to do is turn and return and forgiveness is instant and love in our hearts is restored.
Keep seeking and growing,
From the desk by the window where thanks to God, all is light!
(c) Robin L. Lewis, Sozo Life & Leadership, LLC – June 8, 2016
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