Is God Sometimes Invisible? Part 1

During the first couple of weeks living in a new state, no home of our own, new folk, new places, new streets, (i.e. nothing familiar), I admit I felt a little lost at times.

Not only was I in a very unfamiliar place but it also seemed like God had all but removed Himself from the experience. And God was the very reason for our move!

One day when I took Rocky for a walk I really poured my heart out to God. “Help me to find you in this place Lord” I cried with tears. “But if I’m to be here and still not see you, give me Your faith to go on regardless”.

As I walked around the side of a pond I came to three trees. I instinctively felt the Lord was drawing my attention to the trees ( He hadn’t really left :-)).

As I walked up to one of the trees which at the time was heavy with luscious life, I stroked the trunk. I noticed it’s bark was coming off in little square-like patches, yet each piece that was lifting wasn’t loose. If I had pulled at a lifting piece I may have torn at the tree itself so I just studied it and ran my hand over it.

It had patches of different stages of the peeling bark so it was rather multicoloured- a patch of light green new tree trunk here, a patch of old darker brown bark there, a patch of pale grey bark in other places and patches of cream in yet other places.

“What is it You’re showing me Lord?” I asked through gentle tears and a downcast soul.

So I stood back a few paces from the tree and observed at a slight distance what I had just been examining up close.

The tree looked like the Australian Military camouflage uniform. In fact it was almost identical! One could be forgiven for believing the design for the uniform was actually fashioned from this type of tree. It’s camouflage pattern and colouring was perfect.

Then it came. ” I am alive and well in this place but I am hidden. It will take a trained eye to see Me”.

Sigh.  “Train my eyes Lord”.

13You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. 14‘I will be found by you,’ declares the LORD, (Jeremiah 29:13-14)

God brought Derek and I to this new place to learn Christ more in the body of believers here. We had known Christ a certain way before, yes in many different ways. However, we sensed that God wanted us to learn Christ afresh and in a way we never had before. This was calling for a ‘trained eye’ (of-course Christ is our Teacher) and a desperate heart to seek after Him where we are.

And so we have ’embarked’ on a new subject in this school of Christ, which is knowing Christ in His Body.

Stay tuned for Part 2…..

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9 Ways Every Pizza Eating Believer Can See The Lord

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“Can you see the Lord in it, sister?” This is my favourite question of late.

There is one particular wonderful sister that we do life with in our little community of believers here, and she is forever asking this question. Whatever matters are coming up in our lives, she asks me “Can you see the Lord in it, sister?” When she talks about matters in her own life she says “And I was really wondering how I could see the Lord in it…”

Looking for the Lord in everything, was a really strange and new concept to me a few years back, and for this sister also. In fact, when I was introduced to the ‘concept’ (of-course now it’s life to me, no longer a concept) I thought it was a little OTT (Over the top :-)). I thought it was something we were trying to do in our own strength and was a bit silly. (Go, you good religious thing Donna!)

Even though initially I was sceptical and it seemed to be only an intellectual exercise, when I heard other saints doing this, I truly sensed some life in it and joining in, was fun. Ironically, the more I ‘had a go’, the more I could actually see! Of-course it was the Lord Himself that was the life in the exercises because I began to see Him everywhere! If we’re looking for Him, surely He is found!

Let me give you an example of what some of the discussions were like. Here’s one about pizza for example – that is, looking for the Lord in pizza. What? Yep, in pizza! I know, right? Ok, it went something like this (and I’m going to ad some extra toppings to it!);

  1. Well, the base is like Christ as our foundation. There has to be a foundation of Christ and nothing else. And God talks about not mixing the dough with yeast, so there’s no mixture in the foundation, it’s Christ alone.
  2. The sauce represents the blood of Christ that was shed for the whole world. It covers the entire pizza and without it, nothing else would stick to the base. So the sauce is like the blood of Jesus that saves us.
  3. The cheese is really sticky and glues everything together. It’s like the Holy Spirit. He lives in each believer and joins us altogether as one with God.
  4. The toppings are all so different and spread out all over the place. They’re all different colours and different flavours. That’s like the body of Christ. We’re made up of different nationalities, personalities, backgrounds and each with something different to contribute. There is diversity in the body of Christ but together we are one. Together we are the beautiful bride of Christ. If there was only one topping it would be boring and taste the same every bite. By being diverse, we see the priesthood of all believers! (C’mon!)
  5. The pizza is round so it is like the wedding ring that is in a circle, it goes on for eternity, there’s no beginning and no end to Christ! His riches are unsearchable, without end.
  6. Before a pizza is of any use it has to be cooked – this is like the body of Christ, and also like Christ Himself. He had to suffer by going into death before being resurrected. And we were crucified with Him and now we stand with Him in His resurrected life, changed and transformed. We are a new creation in Christ, the old has gone. Only then are we acceptable before God. Also, we are refined in the furnace of suffering so that the life of Christ (the taste) comes forth!
  7. Through the process of being cooked, we are like the toppings that are no longer sitting as separate individuals but are now joined together, melted in the cheese which is like the Holy Spirit, and have become blended together. We are more like a community now than isolated individuals. We have become part of the body of Christ.
  8. When the pizza is cut into slices, they’re all 3 sided – this represents the Godhead – 3 in 1!
  9. All slices are pointing to the centre! This is how the church is, Christ is Central, our eyes are fixed upon Him as our centre at all times.

Go on, have a go, ad your own flavour. It might seem silly at first, but what have we got to lose and what have we to gain? If we look for Christ everywhere, even in what might seem the strangest place, we will still find Him even there (Ps 139). He is not a ‘figurative’ God, He is everywhere to be found and to look for Him is a life-begetting-life experience. The more we look for Him, the more we’ll see Him.

Christ is the image of the invisible God.

Jesus said that if we seek Him, we will find Him.

Jesus said to come unto Him as little children.

Would love to hear of your experiences….