In an earlier blog (June 10), I invited you to join me in asking God for a personal parable that expresses His intention for your summer growth. I prayed, thought, waited, but nothing. Then I scrolled back to previous blogs to refresh my memory and I saw my photos of angel statues taken at a local nursery. The angels were nestled in among spectacular foliage. I saw in their upturned faces devotion to God, surrender, holy desire. My spirit resonated. I want those things to grow in me. However, the parable took me to unexpected places.
AN OLD WOMAN went to the local nursery. Everywhere scarlets, pinks, corals, purples and sunny yellows. Geraniums and petunias, mint and basil, orchids and plumeria. She lifted her hands and heart to God, Maker of heaven and earth. Here she felt the glory of God, His invisible substance, His greatness, the unfathomable depth, height, length and weight of God.
Then she saw it, snugged in among the plants, an image of worship and surrender.
The old woman was moved. She photographed the statue. She put the photo in her blog. She took her husband to the nursery. He looked at the price. Ridiculous! He lifted the statue. Light. Hollow. One step up from papier mache.
Then, the old woman stopped and thought: “Glory” means “weight.” God is heavy—beyond comprehension. Unfathomable. Worthy. Splendorous.Then, she saw that only as she beholds His worthiness and beauty does she gain “weight.”
II Cor. 4:7 “But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.”
II Cor. 3:18 “And we all with unveiled face, beholding the GLORY of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of GLORY to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”
Rom. 8:18 “For I consider the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the GLORY that is to be revealed in us.”
II Cor 4:16-18 “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of GLORY beyond all comparison, as we look not on the things that are seen but the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
Behold the Lord and live the mystery.