17 January 2012

Bright Spots

Last summer when I took this picture of some of the biggest and brightest and most dynamic thunder heads I've ever seen, I thought of the very end--which is really the very beginning. I thought of what the Bible says about how Jesus will come with clouds, angels eagerly coming with Him, and how just before they come, the voice from God's throne says, "It is done!" Then the lightnings, thunderings, and voices.

My thunder clouds were nowhere near the glory we'll see on that day.

Meanwhile, in the middle of studies and work and cooking and cleaning and wondering where in the world I'll be by this time next year, there's another brightness to get our eyes ready for the unparalleled light we'll see in Jesus' face.

"The more we look at the promises of the Word of God, the brighter they grow. The more we practice them, teh deeper will be our understanding of them."

(White, Ellen G. Manuscript 7, 1874)

"The Word of God is sufficient to enlighten the most beclouded mind, and may be understood by those who have any desire to understand it."

(White, Ellen G. Testimonies, vol. 5, 663, 1889)

Do you desire this brightness, this light, this Word, like I do? Even if it's only the slightest desire, God will be near to teach us. And I can't imagine having a better teacher than the One who owns all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.