The Glory of Behind

“Who is this who comes, who is splendid in apparel, marching in the greatness of his strength? It is I, speaking in righteousness, mighty to save.” Isaiah 63:1

I usually face east early, eager to see the sun’s rising on the new day. This morning I went into my study, whose northwest window soon distracted me with a rose pink blotch of magnificent light. I went to investigate, and while the eastern sky was colorless, plain, the show in it’s opposite sky was spectacular–glorious light playing up billowy clouds over the Gulf, under a suspended moon.

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Sometimes our day to day is ordinary; growth is gradual, and little seems to change. But when we look back, and consider where we were, we see the glory of maturing God has wrought, the splendor of His saving, sanctifying work in our lives or that of others. In our living, He calls us forward, but it is helpful to look over our shoulders and consider where we came from, to remember the past, attitudes and affections that have been transformed. It is often in doing so that we best trace His faithfulness, His glorious craft in our lives.

I will recount the steadfast love of the Lordthe praises of the Lordaccording to all that the Lord has granted us, and the great goodness that he has granted according to his compassion, according to the abundance of his steadfast love. For he said, ‘Surely they are my people.’ And he became their Savior.” “Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’ The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad.” Isaiah 63:7-8; Psalm 126:2-3

Thank you, Father, for the beauty revealed in the backside of our lives, for perspective You give and for Your steady, constant work in us and those we love. Remind us where we were, that we might more deeply rejoice in Whose we are and what You have done.

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