Now You See Me; Now You Don’t

Have you ever had the sensation that something completely disappeared from view, just like magic? Yesterday was March 20—the first day of spring!—and while I was driving, a bright, orange sun began to peak above the horizon, reflecting its beautiful glow onto the hood of my car. I wanted to get a good picture, but to my disappointment— just as I got to the stoplight—a vehicle turned in front, totally blocking out the sun.  😦Thankfully, I was able to take a pictures on my cell phone (not great resolution, but you get the idea) after the truck passed, while the light was still red.It was breathtaking! I felt like I was heading straight into the sun! As I approached the next light, the sun was so bright it was hard to see. Both the road and sky had turned to glorious shades of oranges and reds!Strangely, after I crested the hill, where I expected to be overwhelmed by grandeur, the sun was completely invisible! Where had it gone?The sky was still dazzling, but there was no sun to be seen anywhere! Was it the angle of the hill? The signage? The evergreens? Had the road (which seemed straight) actually veered enough to obscure my view? Where was the sun?Only after I turned off the highway onto a side street could I see the sun again.

I think seeing God is like this. Sometimes we catch a glimpse—hopefully even reflected in us—and we are enthralled. We feel like we’re heading straight into the heart of God. His light is blinding, the effect of his presence glorious. His light casts a rosy tint across our sky and even the worn roadway  before us. But, at times He disappears from view. If you try to show Him to a friend, they might think you’re just imagining things. What blocks the view? Occupational hazzards and business? Angles and perspectives? The writings and opinions of others? Beautiful distractions? Veering just a little?

We can all see the gorgeous glow of nature, but sometimes the One whose presence has created the beauty is not visible at all. However, like a stunning sun rising in the sky, God is worth pursuing, even if it means turning off the highway onto a quiet street.

Honour and majesty are before him:
strength and beauty are in his sanctuary
” (Psalm 96:6).

But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall” (Malachi 4:2).