I love the story of Moses sheltered in the rock as his bold request to see God’s glory gets granted. (And I can’t help always noting that God makes His glory and His goodness interchangeable in that account…which deals a real blow to religious fear if we let it.). My life philosophy oversimplified is: Keep yourself niched in the rock and expect God to keep on passing by with a Reality-display that exceeds your mere natural senses! Revelation (as opposed to mere mental consideration) is everything–see Paul’s Ephesians 1 prayer or Jesus’ statement to Peter about building His church! God gives it and I thrive on it.

However, I have also noticed that, just as in science, there is both a “PURE” as well as an  “APPLIED” aspect to revelation and the “APPLIED” one often brings so much less exterior excitement.  If we are not careful (or maybe its just me?) we can get caught up in the search for the “NEW” with the neglect of the already known to be TRUE!  Sensationalism is not just a hyped church service.  It can invade our private worlds with the fevered quest for yet another breakthrough, another download, a further exceeding experience.  ALL of those things God definitely generates, but this morning I am reminded that there’s nothing wrong–and something deeply right–about just living out the revelation you already have in conscious application.  Step away from the glory scene and live into the good of it…without fanfare.

Artist that I am, I like the whole THEATRE of my senses to be filled with a reality!  And I have discovered a Father who, by His Spirit, is fantastic at doing that!  He CAPTURES my heart–so much more than just a mere religious “touch”! BUT, I have also found that there are cheaper facsimile THEATRICS that I am also capable of–something He does NOT inhabit–a place were my own over-active soul does its own little private dance of searching!  If I, like the Athenians in Paul’s day, am only constantly living for something new and sense-tingling, I might miss the unheralded altars–the transcendent opportunities–placed all around. As clearly experiential as this relationship with God is, His work in my life is not limited to what I have  experienced! He is at work for me–even beyond me!  He is filling  the THEATRE of my life with the real thing, so I need no self-styled THEATRICS to create a Christian sensation!.  What a relief… Not the wind, fire or quake but the still, small voice. Again. In the Spirit…Back to rest…