Friday, June 13, 2014

Facetime Faith

Four Faces We Love

If you have grandchildren, I know you love to see their faces. Whether in person or in a photo, I always love seeing our grandchildren's faces. And, FaceTime (a blessing through Internet) is a grand spot for me on any day of the week if their faces shine through the screen. Surely God grins from ear to ear when we, His children, turn our face toward Him. The words to the hymn Turn You Eyes Upon Jesus still linger in my thoughts after our recent trip to the States. The following words became reality to me somewhere between 30,000 feet and landing in Miami.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in his wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of his glory and grace, ~Helen H. Lemmel

Those who know me best pray extra hard when they know I am flying. Thanks to prayer, I can now sit with my back against the seat for the flights. In earlier years of our ministry, I couldn't relax while flying––truth is, it is still an issue. But, something incredible transpired upon landing in Miami two weeks ago.

After months of doubt as to whether we could leave our ministry this summer, God directed us to step out on faith, order tickets for our trip, and trust Him for the ministry. We did. And from that moment on, we began to see His wonderful workings daily. Things fell into place, and He not only provided for us travel to the States, He provided faithful servants once more to step up and take over for us. And, our to do list miraculously diminished daily with little effort on our part.

It was truly a supernatural carpet we were riding on as God helped us to do all the necessary tasks before leaving. Never had we seen things become so easy to complete, nor did we feel pressured or exhausted in the midst of accomplishing so much so quickly. We glided through on His wings.

As we descended on our last flight from the heavens and prepared for landing––always a hard time for me––I was deep in thought and prayer. Thanking God for all that had been accomplished by Him to bring us to the doorstep of our home country, I conversed with God as though He sat next to me holding my hand. I became so caught up looking full in His wonderful face that I never realized we had landed.

Ephesians 6:16 says, "In all circumstances take up the shield of faith." While looking fully in His face, the things of earth grew so dim I never noticed the things I feared.

When we walk by faith with our eyes on Jesus, we don't focus on our circumstances, we only see Him. Have some face time with Him today. It's a wonderful place to be, "in the light of His glory and grace."