Having sat in an English class the better part of my life, the concept of metaphors is ingrained in me. As I’ve grown older and closer to God, I’ve seen how metaphors surround me daily – oftentimes, they point to God.
That's what I think "the whole world will be filled with his glory" means. Every piece of creation holds an opportunity for a metaphor, a metaphor that glorifies God.
As I ran through my neighborhood last weekend, I saw a little girl biking in my direction.
Knees pumping, front tire wobbling, she made her way up Boiling Road. A grey-haired woman, her grandma I supposed, drove at a walking pace in a black suburban next to her. The car’s window was rolled down so the girl could hear her voice.
At first glance, it seemed to be a perfect reflection of Christ's presence in our lives.
The bike wobbled to a stop, with the girl disembarking.
The car mimicked the action, with the grandma leaning to the side.
"Why'd you stop?" The grandma asked.
"I hit a bump," she replied.
She went on to walk her bike down the path, forgetting the activity she set out to do.
At that moment, I realized my first thought was wrong.
This picture before me was not a metaphor for God's relationship with his people. It was a metaphor for what many of us believe at times about God - that he's close to us, but at a distance. Just close enough to where we can hear him, but he holds no real power in our walk.
At times I believe that to be true. Or rather, I say I don’t believe it, yet my actions and thoughts say otherwise. The God I have surrendered to – and have to continually surrender to - is before me and behind me. When I hit that bump, he doesn't let me fall and then ask me why I fell.
@@His voice is one of love; his message – the Gospel – is one of love.@@ He’s not a distant God.
As A.W. Tozer wrote in The Pursuit of God, “We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts.”
What a beautiful thing it is to have a close God, one who guides and cares for us beyond what we could ever try to grasp.