Pulling Back the Curtain

by Aug 21, 2020Article, Uncategorized

Pulling Back the Curtain

I’m bursting with God-news; I’m dancing the song of my Savior God. God took one good look at me, and look what happened–I’m the most fortunate woman on earth! What God has done for me will never be forgotten…

 Luke 1:46-49

When squirming within the tensions of life, do you ever find yourself praying the Lord would pull back the curtain and show you a glimpse of your future? In the weariness of life, do you ever just want to fast forward the dial to get to the storybook ending you’ve hoped, prayed and worked for? I guess we can blame it on every sappy story we’ve consumed that has us longing for the idyllic walk into the sunset, minus the inevitable storms that paved the way.

I find myself wishing for this more often than I’d like to admit. But I’ve found the Lord is calling my gaze to Him in the day to day, instead of the outcomes that swallow up my attention. He’s not in the business of delivering neat and tidy happily-ever-afters. After all, where is the evidence of the Potter’s hands in that? Instead, He’s right alongside us in the mire taking us to new depths in our love story with Him.

When I’m pining too hard to peek into my next story line, the Lord calls me to remember the meeting of Mary and her cousin Elizabeth when they were both expecting. Elizabeth was awash with joy as she felt her baby John (the Baptist) leap in her womb. In Luke 1:44, she tells Mary, “The moment the sound of your greeting entered my ears, the babe in my womb skipped like a lamb for sheer joy.” Mary replies with the exuberant Magnificat, quoted above.

Lord, thank you for calling our eyes to You in our praises and our devastations. You call us to a life fully leaned into You…that’s You deepest desire for us. Help us to rest in the unfolding of our story, in Your perfect timing.

These women were absolutely reveling in the blessing bestowed upon them. God longs for us to know these great heights of joy. And here’s where I begin to wonder what that scene would have looked like had they been able to pull back the curtain to see into their own futures. I try to reimagine that scene if these mothers had known the horrendous fates that awaited their babies turned men. Their joy that overflowed into exuberant praise would have been robbed… tainted ..elusive. To not be able to access joy for the seasons God is bestowing them…that would be a tragedy.

These two women experienced a horror like no mother should ever have to know. Both their boys would die horrific, public display death’s for the world’s mocking. Thankfully, they lived in blissful unawareness of the fate that awaited their babies because God reveals this day and this day alone to us. He chooses not to pull back the curtain.

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