Shrouded Glory

A while ago we visited the Grand Canyon. In December. In my thinking Arizona is warm so I didn’t think visiting then would be any big deal. Boy, was I wrong. The day we went it was freezing cold and the gate attendant told us the Canyon was fogged in. We almost turned back, thinking there wouldn’t be anything to see, but we had come too far to quit, so we pressed on, hoping to see something.

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Many things we know to be true about God are like looking at the Grand Canyon when it’s shrouded in fog. We know the Canyon is there and that it’s beautiful. We don’t doubt it even though we can’t see it for ourselves.

In a similar way, we know God is holy but we don’t see it and experience it in its fullness, so we acknowledge it and move on, just like we did at some of the scenic overlooks at the Grand Canyon where all we could see was fog with a fringe of beauty. But when we get even a small glimpse of His holiness, it’s not only jaw dropping, it’s paralyzing. The apostle John fell on his face as though dead (Rev. 1:17)—and he had walked and talked with Jesus for three years. We know God is pure but when we get a glimpse of His purity it’s frightening. Isaiah cried, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips.” (Isaiah 6:5 NAS)

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Even though the Canyon was shrouded in fog, there was an awesome beauty to it. When the fog shifted, giving us a small glimpse of what lay within, we stood amazed, and the longer we stayed on the Rim, the more we saw. A peek here and a peek there kept us looking and longing to see more. We knew incredible beauty was there whether we could see it or not.

God’s glory is so much more than the Grand Canyon. When we get a glimpse of Him, it shakes our world, changing our view of everything. The longer we know God, the more we learn of Him, and Proverbs tells us, “those who diligently seek me will find me.” (Proverbs 8:17 NAS)

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Just because there are things about God that we don’t understand, things that we can’t see or fathom, it doesn’t make them any less true. Because we walk by faith and not sight (1 Cor. 5:7) we can believe and act on things we know to be true of God, even when we do not see or understand them.

When our lives become dark or fogged in, let’s hold tight to what we know to be true of God, things He’s told us in His Word, and promises He’s made. We don’t have to see things to believe them to be true.

 Heavenly Father, thank You for being there even when I cannot see You. Thank You for being Creator and Lord of all and for knowing everything about me and loving me still. Open my eyes and help me see Your glory and faithfulness in everything around me. Help me be true to You, even when it seems You are shrouded in fog. I love You, Lord. Please, be glorified in my life.    

Patty Wysong

Patty Wysong, a home executive with over 20 years of experience, homeschools two of her five children, but don't let that fool you. She spends much of her time working on what God has placed in her hand: her keyboard. From the corner of her living room she writes inspirational fiction, devotionals, blog posts, and teaches online blogging workshops. You'll also find her drinking kool aid from her china cup, preparing for the ladies Bible study she leads, and helping at their church. Through her writing, Patty has found the extraordinary God in her ordinary life.

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1 Comment

  1. Beautiful message and beautiful pictures!

    It is so easy for us to allow our lives to be “fogged in.” God is willing that we see Him — His love, His beauty, His mercy in all its fullness. I pray we not be contented with “glimpses” of God but that we continue to look and wait for the revealing of His character.

    Thank you so much for your message.

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