“He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:10-14).
“That we should feed and nourish our souls with high notions of GOD which would yield us great joy in being devoted to Him.” ― Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God
He entered into our marriage, and though our marriage was made through Him, we did not see Him there – not really. He was right in front of us but like the men on the Road to Emmaus we were blind to His presence. Jesus, the very Voice of God, makes special visitations into our union yet we look right past Him. Even though we are joined to Him – making us His very own – we give Him no welcome or at best a conditional, religious curtsey.
Yet if we would fully yield ourselves to Him as the author and finisher of our love, Jesus would delightfully enter into our marriage – not as a guest but as one entering our intimacy. If we would recognize Him through our mutual communion, He would take us to places of deep love and affection for one another. If we would take hold of our new birth as an active cherished possession, together we would see the One and Only and with Him see eternity.
Lord, we believe these things. Help us in our unbelief. We embrace this sacred inheritance as children of God – the ones given the right to touch the holy. Help us to not treat it as common. Oh that we would trust You with our love; that we would share with You all that we share with each other – and more. Oh the wonder we would see, the wonder of our one and only true love who has come from God and longs to show us grace and mercy, truth and honesty, fullness and completion.
Lord, You have walked among us and know the struggles we face in living before the Father according to His high calling. Thank You for continuing to model for us a walk of utter dependence upon the power of the Father. Today help us to “see again” the reality and power of your dwelling place within us. Come O Come Emmanuel.