Face to Face

“For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.” 1 Cor. 13:12

While I was perusing Facebook this morning, I heard Jesus speak to my heart, “If you are looking for connection, turn off Facebook and come see Me face to face.”  I love to hear Him call to me, it is my favorite voice, my favorite words.  Reminds me of something I read a while back, “God does not want us to seek His will, He wants us to seek His face.”  So good.  He longs for relationship just as I do.  The God of all the Universe longs for connection with me…and with you.  He bids you come…I can hear Him calling to you today…

Why do I let myself get so empty and lonely feeling?  I don’t mean the kind of empty where you are poured out like a drink offering empty, I mean empty, lonely, tired, depressed, hopeless…when I know that I am empty without Him?  I am created to experience Him.  To look in His face and know this love and know this devotion and know this kindness and know this help and know this strength and know this peace all of my life, and it is readily available, yet I don’t come?  I know that I come to Him with nothing and He expects nothing, yet I still don’t connect.  Is it time or lack of it, is it busyness, is it disappointment?  I perceive it is different for each of us.  I know for me it is rooted in performance.  In my mind I understand He doesn’t want an act, He wants me…the good, the brilliant, the bad and the ugly.  So why do I avoid Him at times?  Why do I not wake up, roll over and proclaim in the most endearing tone, “Good morning Holy Spirit!”?  For me,  when I don’t feel successful, when I feel hopeless, or powerless I assume I haven’t performed as perfectly as I should or I ignore Him when He hasn’t performed the way I hoped He would…I warned you really ugly.

I look in a mirror right now.  You know that I always thought the King James version was literal.  It says a glass and I just thought of that as being like windows at my house, really dirty, distorted and hard to see through with clarity.  But I looked up the meaning today and did you know that it doesn’t mean glass at all, it means a mirror.  Not something you see through, something that reflects you.  It liberated me.  Right now we see in a mirror.  We see what we are spiritually becoming incrementally.  Similar to viewing your body age with a time lapsed camera.  I have been looking in a mirror all of my life thinking I was looking through a dirty, hazy, blurry window at Him, never able to fully know Him.  He doesn’t want me waking up every morning putting on a show for Him, judging myself, manipulating His presence or rejecting it.  He knows that I see only partially in a mirror, but He doesn’t.  I am known better than I know!  I am seen better than I see! I am heard better than I hear!  I am led better than I lead!  I am graced more than I grace!  I am helped more than I help!  I am loved more than I love!

I can seek His face because He knows all of my limitations are at rest in Him.  My face to face encounters come because of His love not mine, they come because I am known by Him.

“Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”  1 John 3:2

Whatever revelation you have of Him today, see Him as He is.  If you know Him as Savior, see Him saving you continually.  If you know Him as healer, see Him healing you.  If you know Him as peace, see Him commanding, “Peace be still over your life.”  If you don’t know Him today or don’t know Him well, cry out to Him for greater revelation of Jesus and rest in that He knows you deeply and perfectly and completely and still bids you to come.  Don’t settle for the mirror, when you can have face to face.  Know that you are known by Him today and He longs for you to rest in that knowing.  A funny thing will happen, the more you know He knows you and accepts you, the more you want to know Him.  What a beautiful Savior.  What a beautiful Jesus and “…as He is, so are we in this world.”  1 John 4:17 b

He is the Well by friend, come partake with me today!


4 thoughts on “Face to Face

  1. I know you have a lot going on right now. Saying a prayer for you. I believe you are in a time of promotion and breakthrough, but the opposition to that is strong.

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