Weekends can get busy. There is always a new project to try to complete before you have to go back to work. Since our commute to and from work takes hours off each day that leaves us the weekends for projects. Our current project is building a shed in the back yard to give us some much needed storage space.
We have been working on the concept and placement for the shed for years but now with the permit in hand we are actually building it. A few weeks ago we started by trimming the tree that hung down too low to allow the shed. Then we worked on leveling the ground. Saturday we worked on pouring some concrete. Of course my jobs were less strenuous than Bob’s and as I sat and waited for my next job Bob shoveled the mix into the cement mixer. The wind was swirling around and cement dust was going everywhere so I covered my face with my gloved hands. I then separated my fingers and looked out to see if the dust had settled.
As I looked through my fingers I saw Bob working. I marveled how I could only see glimpses of him through the small opening between my fingers. Bob saw me with my hands covering my face and asked if I was playing peek-a-boo. Then it hit me. This is how some of us see God, in glimpses that are brief without the full picture.
Honestly, I cannot explain the glimpses but I can treasure them. So if you are like me and see God in glimpses I suggest that you take full advantage of those times, write them down and treasure them. There is no promise of how many times this will happen.
Elijah had one of these moments in 1 Kings 19:11-13 (NKJV):
11 Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.
13 So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
I am learning to treasure the moments that God gives me because I do not know what will happen tomorrow.
James 4:14 (NKJV)
“whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”
I pray that each of you will have many moments to treasure in your lives. Enjoy this week, I should be back next week with more.