More Thoughts on “Beholding”

I woke up tired this morning and procrastinated on my morning chores.  For one thing, I  didn’t put my contacts in right away.  It is interesting to go half the morning in a blur.  There were unattended crumbs and untreated laundry stains–I just didn’t have eyes to see.  The physical points to a deeper reality:

This is my year of beholding and I am looking to have my spiritual myopia corrected a bit.  Just this past weekend, I was directed to a wonderful blog post by John Piper.  In it, he highlights 2 Corinthians 3:18:

And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.

Piper states, “This is one of the greatest secrets I ever discovered:  Beholding is becoming.”

Indeed it is our delightful duty to behold the glory of the Lord.  As we behold His glory, we become more and more like Him.

But what exactly is glory?  I talk about it as if I know what it is, but how is it defined?

As related to the Old Testament, I know the term “shekinah” glory.  I have learned that this was an extra-biblical word coined by Jewish rabbis  and that it means:  “He caused to dwell.”  So God’s shekinah glory refers to His holy presence on the earth.  In the New Testament, the Greek word for glory is doxa . . .Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!  I love it when I come across a passage when the writer, usually Paul, breaks out in a doxology–magnifying God for what He’s done for us in Christ and just getting lost in prolific praise.

So I want to do the same–to praise Him for who He is.  To thank Him for every good and perfect gift.  I behold–I become!

#49-56:  My son singing “Come Ye Sinners” in his low baritone, my daughter asking thoughtful questions about her soul, the gift of years, Anna helping with the chores and working up a sweat, store-bought cake (it’s too hot to bake!), cherries, walking with Him–step by step (Colossians 2:6) and joining the doxology at (in)courage.

God-glory moments in pixels of praise:

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2 Responses to More Thoughts on “Beholding”

  1. Angela says:

    I love your blog and your writing, so glad I found it. Your pictures are lovely too.

    I often walk through a blur myself ….

    What does your picture signify?

    • Julie says:

      Hmmm–my picture. I assume you mean the one with my little daughter’s holding a little treasure she found outside. It signifies that we can find evidence of God’s love and care for us everywhere if we will have eyes to see. It speaks grace to me–so much beauty and He didn’t have to give it . . . yet it is only a reflection of the beauty of His face! I have appreciated your blog and your thoughts . . . oh that we might surrender to and for Him for His glory alone. Not to us, oh Lord, but to your name be glory!

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