A question to all of you today: When you think of God, what do you “see” ?
I got to thinking about that this morning when I read this funny little story forwarded to me by favorite high school English teacher, Ann Campbell:
A Kindergarten teacher was observing her classroom of children while they were drawing. She would occasionally walk around to see each child’s work. As she got to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was.
The girl replied, “I’m drawing God.”The teacher paused and said, “But no one knows what God looks like.”
Without missing a beat, or looking up from her drawing, the girl replied, “They will in a minute.”
Now, there are plenty of depictions of what people imagined Jesus to look like. I know I always chuckle when I see the ones of Jesus in the perfectly white robe walking along a road in Galilee looking very blond and Swedish and sort of “spacey.” From His words in the New Testament, I can only imagine someone very different: a strong carpenter, an intense Jewish rabbi, a loyal and tender friend, a charismatic leader. A divine presence in human form.
But God. God the Creator, the Alpha and the Omega. That’s something else. When we talk about coming “boldly to the throne of God” it’s hard not to imagine a real throne in a real palace, and yet I know that these are human words for something so huge that we can’t find words to describe or imagine the true experience of the presence of God. Nevertheless, I believe our hearts long for something to envision, if only to imagine placing ourselves there in that indescribable place of peace and glory. For me, it’s always Light. Just Light, brighter than bright, deep and warm and somehow pulsing with Love, and Life itself.
What about you? What do you “see”? What do you imagine it will be like to meet Him “face to face”? Please write back and let us know. Have a great day.