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Topic: North (05/05/16)
TITLE: Awesome Majesty
By Raymond Bouchoc
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It was Saturday morning. I loved Saturdays. I didn’t have to go to work. I could stay home with my beautiful family and mess around the house, getting things done that I usually didn’t have time to finish during the week, or just do nothing much but enjoy the day. I felt like today was going to be one of those kinds of days.
I ambled out of bed. My wife sighed. I looked over as she moved. Her eyes were still closed, but she had a smile, too. I went to the shades and opened them up. I looked outside. The sun was above the horizon in the east, but not too high, yet. This was going to be a beautiful day. I quietly thanked the Lord for this day He had made.
By temperament, I am a happy sort of guy, but today a joy filled my heart that topped what I might usually feel. My wife and I changed and cleaned up. I could hear the kids stirring as well. We did some of our chores and cleaning, and by lunch time we decided we would eat out on the deck.
Everyone was happy. The kids did not bicker or tease one another as they might usually do. A certain measure of peace, contentment, and joy seemed to fill us all. We sat down on the deck with our food, thanked the Lord for it, and began eating. Our conversation was light and happy, and the time passed quickly.
Having finished, we sat and continued enjoying the day. I looked up at the sky. My eyes swept by the sun, which was way too bright to look at, but the sky was a deep blue, without a single cloud anywhere to be seen. All the colors appeared bright and vibrant reflecting the clear light of the sun. The grass was green, and any flowers in bloom showed off their beauty, swaying in the breeze, while the birds sang their song for the day.
I can’t explain it, though. At that moment, I was drawn to look at the sky, up, towards the north. Everything around me stilled and quieted. The breeze stopped blowing. The birds stopped singing, and my heart pounded within my chest. I hastened a look to either side of me, and each one of my family was looking at the same place in the sky.
I turned back, and, before my eyes, the sky tore open, like a box being opened along the seam of its flaps. Unbelievable light poured through the opening that eclipsed that of the sun. At the same time, I heard the crisp, clear sound of a trumpet blast.
All at once, the light, the sound, and the wind hit me like the wave of an explosion, but I wasn’t knocked over or thrown or anything. I was just – filled, inside and out.
Then I saw it. Then I saw Him, I should say. His light outshone all other light, if possible, and I could see Him move towards the center of the opening in the sky. Beauty and glory surrounded Him, and all things seemed to turn to Him and, yet, go out from Him.
I opened my mouth to speak to Him. I felt compelled to. At the same time, nothing could be said. No words could have been spoken with my mouth to adequately convey what I felt or wanted to say. They would have been swallowed up by His presence.
Then, it felt as though He turned His gaze to me. To Me! What awesome majesty! I bowed my head and fell to my knees before Him. From deep within me, the little light that was there began to grow. As it grew, an unspeakable joy grew, too. It grew larger and larger. Larger and larger. Until my heart burst, and the songs of praise poured forth from my spirit in a chorus of praise that fit in with the chorus of all those around me.
Praise and honor and glory be unto Him forever, and ever. Amen.
[This story is an illustrated story of Job 37:19-22, 1 Peter 1:7 (NKJV) and others.]
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