Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Up Close and Personal

I have a friend who is a wonderful photographer. Each Wednesday on Facebook she posts a "What Is It Wednesday" zoomed in picture of an object. Her viewers try and guess what it is. Since the photos are so close up it is very difficult to guess correctly. When someone does guess correctly, she then posts a picture of the same object at a normal distance. By allowing her viewers to see the whole picture we often shake our heads and say, "Of course. Now I see it. I should have seen it all along. Now it's all so clear!"

And so it is with our spiritual selves. So often we go through circumstances and we can't see where it is all leading. We're too close. We can't see clearly. Nothing makes sense. And when we don't understand we often feel like saying, "What's the use? "Why bother?" "My circumstances are swallowing me up".  How many times have you gone through something and been able to look back on it? You've been able to see the whole picture, right? Suddenly, everything becomes clear. It makes sense. And you say to yourself, "I should have been able to see it".

Moses led the children of Israel through the Red Sea. After they had crossed over they began to dance and sing praises to the Lord. They were safe! Their enemy was conquered! They were right in dancing and singing. They should have been thankful and praising the Lord. But it seems their timing was off a bit.

We know that:

"all things work together for good". (Romans 8:28a) KJV

"The revelation pertains to an appointed time— it speaks truthfully about the end. Though it delays, wait for it, because it will surely come about— it will not be late!" 

(Hab 2:3) ISV

"In every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus." 
(1 Thessalonians 5:18) AMP

It would have been wonderful if, even though the Israelites couldn't see the end from the beginning, they had chosen to praise God despite their circumstances, instead of waiting to see that the end result was good and then praise him. 

Our family sings this song:

"Will you dance on this side of the sea?
Will you dance before your eyes can see?
Before your eyes can see, before the victory?
Will you dance on this side of the sea?

Oh yes I'll dance on this side of the sea.
Oh yes I'll dance before my eyes can see.
Before my eyes can see, before the victory,
Yes, I'll dance on this side of the sea.

And if you'll dance on this side of the sea,
And if you'll dance before your eyes can see,
You'll find new faith in who I am, I'll be the God who really can,
If you'll dance on this side of the sea."

"For now [in this time of imperfection] we see in a mirror dimly [a blurred reflection, a riddle, an enigma], but then [when the time of perfection comes we will see reality] face to face. Now I know in part [just in fragments], but then I will know fully, just as I have been fully known [by God]."  
1 Corinthians 13:12(AMP)

In the midst of the difficult circumstances you find yourself in today, will you choose to dance on this side of the sea?


  1. My rebellious nature is stronger than I am. I really needed this tutorial, this pointed question. Will I choose to dance on this side of the sea? Thanks, Deb.

    1. Thank you for reading my blog. Your support means a lot to me. Trust me, it's a question I have to ask myself often. ♥