Beyond the Curtain
By Paris Renae
Perspective... My four-year-old grandson napped at my house from the time he was four months old. His room had heavy window coverings to make it nice and dark (and hopefully give gwammy a short break).
Recently we took everything out, window coverings off, painted the walls - ready to turn it into a Little Man Cave for three grandsons. He went into the empty room and looked towards the window: "Wow - gwammy, did you move the house? How did those trees get there?" He never saw beyond the curtain.
Is this us or what? We judge people, circumstances, everything based on our limited view. We also frame our relationship, or lack thereof, with Jesus based on our limited view.
It’s why we must look beyond headlines, news clips, fake smiles delivering false promises. Beyond textbooks and educators with agendas. To seek the truth because it can be found.
"This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary." (Hebrews 6:19 NLT)
Our Bibles shouldn’t be something we dust off only when cleaning house. It's a living book, new with each reading, brimming over with all we need for life - now and in eternity.
I recently wrote to older grandchildren and told them that not reading the Bible and saying they know Jesus, is like getting married someday but never speaking to your spouse after the wedding.
God wants us to k-n-o-w Him. He's made it possible. Not some god that has rituals, traditions, icons, etc.; not one who we fail based on a set of laws. "...we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By His death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting Him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water." (Hebrews 10:19b-22 NLT)
Jehovah, the God of the universe - Jesus Christ, the Savior of mankind - and the Holy Spirit dwelling in us - wants us to experience their presence in our hearts and souls now - and in forever. Our Father wants us talking with Him daily and promises, through His Word, to talk with us. He ripped the curtain top to bottom because He wants us beyond the curtain.
Right into Your presence, God, a privilege beyond measure. Work in our hearts to trust You more and more. To know, without doubt, that through Christ You have made a way. This life is hard, our hearts do break. But this life is not all there is. What wonder it is to know that someday we will see clearly. Make Your Word come alive with each reading and imprint in our souls. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
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