by Macy Johnson
“Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
let your glory be over all the earth.”
(Psalm 57:5 NIV)
The word glory
appears almost three hundred times in the Bible, forty-four times in the Psalms
alone. It can be defined as the manifested presence and uniqueness of our
detail of His creation is significant. God’s Son was born in obscurity. Jesus’
birth in Bethlehem, “the House of Bread,” was the continuation of the Old
Testament story. Angels were sent to tell shepherds, social outcasts, about His
arrival. They were chosen to spread the news before returning to their sheep.
Nothing fancy, but miraculous nonetheless.
reminded me recently that God’s glory is the opposite of the world’s glory. A
famous movie star once said that most actors live for the moment between Action
and Cut. The minutes of real life are often only filler for them. It is
the same for most sports heroes and musicians, too. After many hours of
practice and preparation, the performance passes by in a blur, remembered by
some, forgotten by most. The world’s glory is a flash in the pan.
I see my
heavenly Father in a lone leaf, raindrops, music notes on a page, the smile of
a nursing home resident, a bird splashing in a birdbath, a helpless baby’s cry,
a cherished voice on the phone, a treasured memory, a deer crossing the road, a
friend’s laughter, a string of precious pearls, a “Welcome Back” sign created
by grandchildren, a heartfelt post on Facebook, a homeless wanderer, the sun,
moon, and stars, and the wind on my face. Where and how do you experience the
presence of God? What are your God Sightings?
I will look for God’s glory today in the often-ignored people and things around me. I hope you will, too!