"Ruthless Trust is an unerring sense, way deep down, that beneath the surface agitation, boredom, and insecurity of life, it's gonna be all right. Ill winds may blow, more character defects may surface, sickness may visit, and friends will surely die, but a stubborn, irrefutable certainty persists that God is with us and loves us in our struggle to be faithful.
A non-rational, absolutely true intuition perdues that there is something unfathomably big in the universe (kabod/glory), something that points to Someone who is filled with peace and power, love and undreamed creativity - Someone who will reconcile all things in himself."
Brennan Manning, from "Ruthless Trust"
I spend my weekdays behind a desk, inside a building, away from the open sky. But as I drive to work each morning and then home again in the evening, I am often brushed by kabod as I see the sun rising and setting. There have been times that I've been tempted to pull to the side of the road and sit, looking at the sky in awe. It is easy to understand why heaven has always been thought of as above us, in the sky. Yesterday I had a longer morning drive than usual as I was going first to my dentist, whose office is a 20 minute drive away through farmland and empty fields. The sky was glorious, the sun bright, the clouds flirting with the sun. The open fields were lined with bare trees silhouetted by the sun.
I wasn't able to take pictures, and even if I had, they wouldn't have captured the glory of it. But photos can remind us of that feeling that we've been brushed by kabod, that feeling that stops us in our tracks and silences us. These photos taken by my husband do that for me.
May you look at the sky today and feel the brush of Glory. May your hearts be filled with peace.