The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
(Absolutely, positively, one of my all time favorites to have written. Glen)
" AWrinkle, a Twinkle, a Sparkle"
At a local home improvement store this morning, I realized something I have intuitively known over the years, but which shone forth with happy clarity, realization, and appreciation:
People smile not only with their mouths,
but with their eyes.
In response to a question, an employee of the store clearly smiled a big smile. Her face covering blocked my view of her entire visage, but what I would call the wrinkle, the twinkle, and the sparkle of her eyes clearly conveyed the most pleasant countenance, demeanor, and attitude. I wrinkled, twinkled, and sparkled back as best I could, and then walked away in the realization our Heavenly Father had touched my heart through the woman more than if I could have seen her entire face.
"We see through a glass darkly" (I Corinthians 13:12).
Presently, we might say the Lord's face is mostly covered. We cannot view Him physically, but by His Spirit, His Word, and His people, it often seems we gaze upon His wrinkle, His twinkle, and His sparkle. If our own eyes are open with anticipation of His involved presence and working in our lives, many occasions will very much feel like we are looking directly into His eyes. Or more importantly, His eyes are looking directly upon us and into us. "His eyes are upon the ways of man, and He seeth all his goings… Thou God seest me" (Job 34:21; Genesis 16:13). Most importantly, our Father looks upon us with a devoted love far beyond any measure we can presently comprehend. "The love of Christ… passeth knowledge" (Ephesians 3:19). The wrinkle, the twinkle, the sparkle.
The times in which we live are days of difference. And of difficulty. However, the living and true God of Scripture specializes in revealing His goodness and wonder amid challenges that lead us down unfamiliar pathways. Had her face been uncovered, the bright illumination that shined from the woman's eyes would have gone unnoticed. I would have missed the wrinkle, the twinkle, the sparkle. I'm glad I didn't. And I am more glad that in a lifetime of limited spiritual vision, our blessed Lord nevertheless meets us in ways that often seem very clear, very dear, and very beautifully, a wrinkle, a twinkle, a sparkle.
"The Light shineth in darkness."
"I will look for Him."
Weekly Memory Verse
"We also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you."
(II Corinthians 13:4)