Five Minute Friday: Real

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Gentle Reader,

I missed the fabulous and frantic tweet-party last night. The hubby and I enjoyed a quiet evening together, crafting the dinner menu for the next month and plotting out the grocery list. (Yep, we’re those people). So I don’t have a clue what the jokes were.

Happily I can jump back in next week and not miss a beat.

Linking up with the Kate and the gang. We are: Real.

Go.

I’m nearly finished with Beth Moore’s study on the life and ministry of the Apostle John. Honestly, I haven’t been “into” this one like I’ve been others. That’s solely on me and not a fault of the author in any way. Post-surgery funk is real and it lasts longer than you think it will. But I’m glad that I’ve stuck with it. The daily discipline of Scripture reading, especially when you don’t feel like it, matters.

The portion I focused on recently involved Revelation 4. Moore instructs her reader to take in all the details of the chapter and draw the scene – stick figures count!

You guys.

I mean, you guys.

Check this out:

After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.”

Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns[b] of gold on their heads. And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying:

“Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God Almighty,
Who was and is and is to come!”

Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:

“You are worthy, O Lord,
To receive glory and honor and power;
For You created all things,
And by Your will they exist[h] and were created.” (NKJV)

This is real. This is happening right now. Bizarre, fantastic creatures. Ceaseless, ringing praise. Fire. Rainbow. Great voices. A sea as smooth and clear as glass. Thunder and lightning. The Lamb in the center of it all, so bright and beautiful that John didn’t even have words.

I don’t have words.

I stared at my pathetic excuse for a drawing and shook my head in wonder. God is so very real, so very other. Majestically glorious and totally apart, and yet breathtakingly intimate. He who never vacates the throne invites us in. Beckons us, by the blood of Christ, to come close. To the thunder, the lightning, the fantastic creatures, the great and blinding light of holiness.

Close to Him.

Stop.

Grace and peace along the way.