Holy is the Lord
Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying: You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; For you created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created." Revelation 4: 8-11~
We sang this song today at church. "How great is our God." I can not sit when we sing this song. I was overcome today, as I worshipped my God, my loving Father in heaven and sang the words, "How great is our God," to Him. The words are so passionate and full of truth. I am filled with awe at the words, "He wraps Himself in light, and darkness tries to hide, and trembles at His voice... and trembles at His voice..." I want to rise off my feet as I speak the words of this song to my God.
I am amazed at His presence in my life. I am amazed to see His hand unfolding His plan in my life. I am overcome with wanting as He pulls me closer to Him. I am full of joy and excitement as I talk about Him with Brenda... and we are talking a lot about Him lately. Just yesterday morning, we floated in the calm and cool waters of the lake and talked about Him for almost an hour. And God was there.
I had been floating on my back in the water with my fingers in my ears... so I could not hear anything except my breathing. I had on sunglasses and I was watching the clouds change above my head in the brilliant blue sky. I felt His presence and I longed to see Him. I am longing to see Him more and more and more. So I started praying..."Lord, I know you are here... and I want to see you... show my your face... show me your light... show me your presence." I prayed this over and over and over, mixed with praise and thanksgiving for the beauty of his creation, as I watched the sky. And slowly, a very dark cloud came and covered the cloud I was watching... and then brilliant streams of light, from the sun behind the first cloud, shot out around the edges of the dark cloud and I started laughing with pure delight. I knew He would show Himself to me and I was like a child swimming in pure happiness.
I heard water stirring loudly and realized that someone was swimming towards me... I was sad at first... my quiet time was over... but my heart was full of Him. I lifted my head to see Brenda coming and immediately she asked, "What are you doing?" So I told her, "I am talking to God." "How can you talk to God and hear Him?" (I had mentioned to her earlier that God speaks to us in many ways) So I told her what had just happened and she thought it was "cool". :0) This led to more God talk... about salvation and baptism and the Christian walk and spiritual growth. I love talking to her about God. He has amazing plans for her and I am so priviledged to be a tool for the Lord in her coming to Him!
The "coolness of God" continued that evening. We had friends arrive at our house just 15 minutes after we arrived home to stay with us for the weekend. So we went to dinner at a restaurant we go to often. We were sitting outside waiting on our meal, and Abby needed to go to the bathroom. We know the owner of this restaurant and pretty much most of the staff. Abby has been here a bagillion times and she has walked herself to the bathroom a bagillion times. So I let her go.
She had been gone about three minutes and I was in the middle of conversation when, "Check on Abby" flooded my soul. This was the Holy Spirit. I STARTED to talk myself out of it... and then I leaned over and asked Brenda to go and make sure Abby was in the women's restroom and that she was ok. Brenda asked, "Doesn't she know where to go?" and I replied, "I need to know she is safe." Brenda came back moments later with Abby and said, "She was in the men's bathroom." My heart jumped. I looked at Abby with confusion and anger and slight panic. "Was there a man in that bathroom?" I asked. "No, Mommy," she replied. I then proceeded with the "Why did you do that?" and from my face she could see there was real concern. "I didn't see the dress," she answered. She has been taught that the dress on the door means it is for girls.
Abby has been to the women's bathroom there a bagillion times. She isn't able to tell me why she went into a room she has never been in before... and that did not have a dress on the door. But I can tell you why. As we stood outside and waited for the men to pay for dinner inside, I told Brenda that God had spoken to me at dinner and told her the above story. She smiled from ear to ear and said how wonderful God was to protect Abby and speak to me to help her. God also allowed the room to remain empty while Abby was in there and protected her. God gave Brenda an amazing example of how He speaks to us on the very day we had been talking about it... He watered the seed that was planted that very morning. And He also filled me with more delight and thanksgiving in Him.
So this morning, as I sang these words to the Lord, tears streamed down my face and the wind of the Holy Spirit blew upon me. I remain in awe of Him, remain hungry for Him, and can't wait to see Him again! Oh, how I love Him!