Sunday, August 17, 2008

Shining His Face on Grumpy Ol' Me

"Lift up your eyes...then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy..." Isaiah 60:4-5

A week ago at this time on Sunday morning, I was sitting outside on the master bedroom deck of the shore house we rented in Ocean City, New Jersey, facing east as the sun was rising above the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoying my needed quiet time with the Lord, I asked Him to reveal His presence to me in a special way. I just needed His "personal touch", even just briefly, on my heart.

You see, the night before, our first night of vacation, was a bit crazy. After getting settled in the house, we piled in the car for a short, but promised, night on the boardwalk amusements with the kids. Jim's car wouldn't start. To top it off, as we sat in a dead car, we realized we were locked out of the house...the one set of keys we had to the house was inside.

Though frustrated, our thankful hearts knew very well to count our blessings. We were at the shore on vacation with our family. We were thankful. With help via the cell phone from our friends who own the house we rented, we gained access to the house and the keys. (Needless to say, we were very careful with the keys the rest of the week.) Ford Roadside Assistance was our angel from the Lord, and Jim's car was towed the next day and repaired at a local Ford dealer quickly.

So, last Sunday morning, as I opened my Bible, I prayed, "Lord, I know You are here. I know You are with me. Would you please just reveal Yourself to me in a special way at this moment?" As I sat quietly and weary before the Lord, I lifted my head up toward the sky. Suddenly, in a distinguishable way, the sun boldly warmed my face. It was remarkable. The sun was shining strikingly on my face. Brighter than it every has. It was a glorious moment. My heart swelled in amazement, peace and joy.

As I opened the scriptures, He faithfully gave me my portion of His truth. "Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you." Isaiah 60:1 I was silenced in awe that this is where He led me in His Word that morning.

Then I read Ephesians 5:14: "But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: 'Wake up...and Christ will shine on you.'" Shine upon me indeed. In His grace, mercy and faithfulness, He showed me His presence and satisfied me with His Word.

"Only one thing is needed...and it will not be taken away from her." Luke 10:42 As I woke up and got this tired body and grumpy heart out of bed, thirsting for my daily time with Him, He met me so personally. And those times will never be taken away. They remain forever. And for you, too, as you spend time at His feet, praying, listening, reading and just quieting your heart. He is faithful to meet us and give us our portion....an overflowing portion.

"...you who seek God, may your hearts live! The Lord hears the needy and does not despise His captive people. Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and all that move in them..." Psalm 69:32-34

10 comments:

heartreflections said...

Sharon, thank you for sharing your experience. Absolutely beautiful. I wish I could bottle up "God moments" like that... I'm so grumpy today. But, I'm focusing on my circumstances and not the true Light. Thank you.

Stacy said...

God is so good and always meets us right where we are! Praising Him for how He revealed Himself to you. Thank you for sharing these God moments with us. He is shining forth through you!

In Christ-Stacy

Mike Beach said...

Mrs. Sloan, thanks again for the Piper book! I enjoyed have Josh and Gabrielle as campers this summer; they are great kids! I will be in Colorado through December and have just started a blog of my own...michaelbeach.blogspot.com

God Bless!

Pinkshoelady said...

What a beautiful and loving moment with God!
Thank you for sharing!

I needed that today!

Pamela R.

Lisa said...

Beautiful post...beautiful thoughts. He surely gave you encouragement from His Word! So awesome that you were there, ready to receive it.

I was blessed by the comments you left on my blog. I am thankful that anything in the book touched your heart! Thank you for taking the time to share...

Lisa :)

KelliGirl said...

Sharon, thanks for visiting my blog. I agree Denise is a real treasure. I look forward to seeing where God will lead her in her writing.

Glad to see it looks like you had a great time in Ocean City. There is definitely something about being with our Lord in nature that really speaks to the soul. To have such a specific answer to prayer...Wow!

Blessings and prayers to you,
Kelli

Jill said...

Sharon,

Gosh, I just love how God has taken two strangers and knitted our lives together in a way ONLY He can do!

You are such a treasure and a rare gem! I'm so blessed to have met you through our blogs and call you friend! I love how He meets us exactly where we are and where we need Him!

Your posts always bring joy to my heart! Thank you for shining His light to us so brightly!
Love,
Jill

Runner Mom said...

Hey, Sharon! I'm visiting your blog via Kelli's today! And, I'm so glad that I did! Your post touched my heart. Thank you! I loved the scriptures that God laid on your heart to share.

I just love and embrace those God moments!!
Blessings,
Susan

Elizabethd said...

What a lovely piece of writing. Thank you so much, it made me think deeply.

Heather said...

I had to giggle when I read this post - I can think of many words to describe you, but grumpy would never ever be one of them:)

I have to say in good ol' OC, God has met me many times...there, I feel Him in a way that I can hear Him whisper and feel His touch.

SO happy you shared the glory of how He shined His face on you in the most literal way and the beauty is you were open to know it was HIm doing a work in your life.

Beautiful Sharon...who is writing the next book? I tag you!!

Love to you sister:)
Heather