In the Spotlight

I was under that open heaven (see previous post) when the worship leader began to prepare us for the next song.  All I specifically remember was something about seeing Jesus’ face.  What happened in the coming moments was not for me, alone.  Please read this selfishly.

When looking at a packed football stadium from a blimp’s camera, you see a whole lot of spots in an oval enclosure.  You know they are people, but you can’t physically see them.  Unless you are a regular visitor to that particular stadium, you probably wouldn’t know any of the people even if you could see their faces.  They would simply be a mass of nameless people to you.

For quite some time, I’ve tried to grasp that our Abba, Daddy, not only sees individuals in a crowd like this, but that He also knows their names and everything about them.  I know it’s true, but it’s been impossible within the confines of my limited brain.  It all changed as we worshipped Him on that beautiful September night in Jerusalem.

Somewhere between 1800 and 1900 people were packed onto the steps outside the south wall of the Old City.  Nowhere near the end of a row, nor at the back or front of the audience, and with my eyes closed, what I experienced could not have been in the natural.  The shadows from the few available lights suddenly disappeared as what could only be described as a spotlight from heaven focused its beam on me.  Though I remained in the same place, everyone around me became separated from me by the light itself – so that only I was visible within its scope.

I was aware this light was not to draw others’ attention to me.  In fact, no one else could have seen it.  This light gave revelation of how single focused Daddy is where I am concerned.  He sees me clearly no matter how many people are around me, no matter how dark it is, no matter anything at all.  I wasn’t afraid of what this meant at all.  I only knew He smiled at me.  I only sensed pure love surrounding me in that spotlight – that perfect love that casts out all fear.  It was and is simple.  He loves me completely and unconditionally.  Always will.

In those few moments I was also aware that He sees everyone else in the same way at the same time, with single vision – while never losing focus on me.  This is still an impossibility in my natural mind, but those few moments in His spotlight took me out of the natural and into His supernatural – into His possible!  Can you sense His spotlight on you, too?  Will you receive His single-focused, all-encompassing, never-ending love?

John 3:16  NIV  For God so loved the world (spotlight on you!) that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Which Hair is That?

I shed a lot of hair.  Always have.  With long hair, it’s more obvious because those loose hairs seem to go on forever – everywhere.  In the process of removing a large amount of no-longer-attached hair from my hands during the wash process, I had a seemingly random thought.  Jesus said the very hairs of our head are numbered. 1  When God sees the glob of hair from today’s shower, does He see just a random 50+ hairs from Kay’s lifetime supply?  Or does He know, specifically, which hairs they are, when they grew in, what color, their length, etc.?  I truly believe it’s the latter.  After all, He calls each star by name!2  And both of these “random” thoughts cause me to praise my awesome Abba even more!

You see, I watched a short video recently that expanded my grasp of the enormity of this One I call Daddy – this One Who formed the heavens that go on and on and on.  In the midst of that revelation, I realized my utter smallness in this thing called creation.  Very humbling, to say the least.  At the same time, I explode inside with the reality that this same I AM loves me, individually, and has chosen me in Christ to be in intimate relationship with Him!  Wonderful, glorious Lord!

Please watch this three minute video, The Awe Factor of God, to see how it affects you.  You might even find yourself thinking about how concerned our indescribable Creator is with each hair on your head!

1 Matthew 10:30, Luke 12:7
2 Psalm 147:4

It’s Simply True

This post is pretty simple – definitely not eloquent.  I suspect there will be others similar to it, for the Lord has infinite ways to show what is so big in my heart right now.  He wants it personal enough that it seems as if it’s written just for you.  You see, no matter who you are, this is His personal word for you.  Abba, your heavenly Father, wants you to know He really loves you.  The simple truth in this verse is too important to be glossed over:

John 3:16  NIV  For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

His love wasn’t just to get you to heaven.  It was to restore, through Jesus Christ, relationship with Him here and now – because He loves you.

God loves you.  Your creator loves you.  Jesus, your Redeemer loves you.  Just as you are.  Eat, drink, and sleep with this, beloved brothers and sisters.  Let it go deeper than ever before.  God loves you.