Monday, June 17, 2013

An Awesome Presence





I was riding my bike on the Greenway a couple of days ago. It is a well used path. Lots of folks were out on that beautiful day. I saw a small family stopped on the path in front of me, and recognized them- old friends. All stood stock still. And then I saw they were all looking at a deer, standing not three feet from them. She was only about 5 feet from me when I stopped my bike. She didn't come any closer, but she didn't run either. She looked at us with her beautiful eyes and slowly moved away.

We all wondered why she didn't run. Was she hurt? She didn't seem to be. Why wasn't she afraid of us? She should have been, I thought sadly. Not all people would treat her with awe and respect. But for whatever reason, this wild animal that should have bounded away when we drew near, held her ground, and graced us with her beauty and presence.

How like God, I thought. How truly incomprehensible it is that God came to Earth, in fragile, vulnerable human form as Jesus, and didn't run, even when those that would hurt him apprehended Him. He let us draw near to gaze upon His wonder and presence, and inexplicably, didn't run from us, even to the point of dying for us. To think God Himself was close enough to touch fills me with inexpressible awe. What a gift of merciful grace.

The deer slowly moved down the Greenway, and like waves, people stopped and stood still, holding hands and watching her.
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For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16 ASV)


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