You may think it funny, but I still read aloud to our girls. They’ve all been able to read on their own for quite some time but they all still enjoy listening to a good story. This past month we’ve been reading Mary Jones and Her Bible by Mary E. Roper, a true story of a girl who saves money for seven years so she can purchase a Bible in her own language. In one section, Mary’s father comes home with some good news for Mary. “Mary, whose observant eye was sure to note the slightest change in her father’s face and manner, sprang up and stood before him, regarding his bright face searchingly.” This sentence caught my attention and made me think. Am I so observant of my Heavenly Father? Do I spend enough time in His presence, gazing at His face that I would notice the slightest change of expression? Am I so in tune with my Lord that I would see even a tiny hint of disappointment when I choose to go my own way? I want to know my Father so well, that I recognize even the slightest change of His face.
Mary knew her father’s face because she spent nearly every waking moment in the same room with him, opening her heart to him. Knowing our Heavenly Father takes comes in much the same way-- spending time in His presence and pouring out our hearts to the Father who loves us. My heart longs to know my Father in a deeper way. I want to know His face as I know my own. I agree with the words of Paul: “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.” (Phil. 3:10)
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.