The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.” (Hebrews 1:3 NIV)
The gentle spring breeze is stirring up birdsong as I pull my wicker chair to the drive, settling with my prayer journal for a bit of sun. Over here, a smattering of twittering. There, one insistently calling yoohoo! Another joins in, as if playing his one-note flute, over and over…
They make me laugh at a memory of an old movie that contrived the composing of Richard Strauss from such feathered symphony. According to the scene, he’d been riding along in a carriage when birdsong swirled a melody of heart-lifting waltz from his soul to paper.
Listening here and now, in my driveway, I almost believe his story happened just that way.
As I ponder a word study I did the other day on the Name of Jesus, a fresh insight tingles across me, in the undeniable way a Strauss waltz spins billowing gowns across a ballroom. Oh my gosh, Lord, I think as I roll the words of Hebrews 1:3 over again in mind.
Mm… The Name of Jesus, the radiance of God’s Glory and the exact representation of His being…
I put that together with the stunning words of Numbers 6,
You illuminate the wholeness of Your Being towards me, bringing order to my body, my prospering, my success and all that I am…”
With these verses, I uncover a wondrous, Old Testament-foreshadowing Truth. “Father,” I say in the sudden hush of my spirit. “It’s JESUS (the wholeness of Your Being, Name above all Names under which all else must bow) You are illuminating towards us… isn’t it? The promised blessing of Numbers, richness upon richness!”
The radiance. The only radiation I want pouring in and over and through me. In my driveway cathedral, the symphony continues… the one-note flute player raising his song.
“Take time to sit with Me every day – simply soaking quietly in My Presence,” He joins in, “and I will suffuse you in the Radiance and Glory of My Being, sustaining and putting all to order within you, in your life, by the One who IS My Powerful Word…”
I close my eyes and sit back, the warmth of the sun melting as His Light over me. Yes, Lord… Let the radiant Glory of Your SON put all my being to order, in Your sustaining Word… fresh and deeper every day… making me whole in all my ways…