"My ears had heard of you
but now my eyes have seen you."
(Job 42: 5)
...in first morning sun illuminating first born Son.
...in "the Lord is a God who knows and remembers and because she asked for her".
(1 Samuel 1-2)
...in "Jesus loves me, this I know."
...in heritage and reward and quivers full.
...in afflictions eclipsed by Glory.
soft as an easy chair, strong until death, unquenchable, rivers cannot wash away.
...in answered prayer and double portions.
... in "It's benign, dear Donna..." Emily
...and in want.
...in deep hug, tears streaming down the dark face of one I've never met, but who heard God speak, cut to the quick, through my imperfect words.
...in pain, in tears, in paralyzing fear, in the horror of the unspeakable.
...in crucifixion, in shared suffering, bruised reeds and broken hearts.
My ears had heard of you.
But now my eyes have seen you.
If not for dark, I would have never seen Light.
If not for the storm, I would have never seen the rainbow.
If not for the wind, the seeds would never fall.
If not for the waves, shore would never be so sweet.
The anchor holds.
If not for the vicissitudes of life, we would never be so close.
Because never are we closer than there.
Never feel His breath on our face.
Never feel the warm and muscle of Everlasting Arms.
Never closer than when we are broken, bruised, and battered.
My ears had heard of you
my eyes have seen you.
I am blinded by Your beauty!