It’s a November evening when Jesus sets the sky on fire.
It’s grainy toward the top, in the blue and purple, but I don’t mind. I think it’s a reminder of how we don’t see clearly in the dark, and how so often peripheral issues and foci blind us to the fiery center.
How often do we let Jesus knock us over in sheer discovery at His majesty? How often do we watch as He sets the sky on fire?
Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!You have set your glory
in the heavens…When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?
• Psalm 8:1, 3-4 •
Not often, I warrant. Not nearly often enough.
Sometimes I wonder if we’re looking to be knocked over, to truly be lost in marveling at Jesus’s face.
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
• Matthew 7:7 •
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
• Jeremiah 29:13 •
Are we searching for majesty?
I think of Moses asking God if he could see His face and God conceding in part, but not before secreting Moses in the cleft of the rock and covering him with His hand as Glory passed by.
Do we seek with that tenacity? With that desperation?
Are we looking for soulfire to be poured out and over us? Are we ready to be the city on a hill, shining brightly through the darkness?
I’m asking myself these questions, wondering what it means to search for majesty and remembering what it looks like when it sets the sky on fire.
Therefore, God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
• Philippians 2:9-11 •