The Kingdom of God is always around us, always breaking through and always visible, but as 1 Corinthians 13:12 says:
“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.”
It can be easy to lose sight of this, either in the daily routine in life, or the novelty of special events. There are dark seasons when its harder to glimpse them, but more often I think we just forget to stop and recognise them as glimpses of God.
Sara Groves describes these moments:
“We have these moments of transcendence, as if the thin veil between heaven and earth is fluttering in the most normal and ordinary moments of our lives, and then we can’t breathe for the loveliness of the world and each other, and just like that, our souls remember something; we recognize him here.”
Over the last week we have glimpsed God’s Kingdom as the mirror has shone brightly and the thin veil has fluttered over and over in our daily routine and in special events.
We hosted the Anderson family from Flood San Diego and we saw God in their selfless love of each other and humble service of those around them. We facilitated the Ufulu festival where we saw over 16000 young people come through, we glimpsed God in the personal interactions, the response to the call to prayer, the creative Jesus-loving musicians and artists and the servant-hearted team of hard-workers from church.
We glimpsed God as we celebrated good local foods. We glimpsed God as we sung in energetic unity, gathered in our warehouse-turned-church. We glimpsed God as we stood and watched the sun splinter into little stars of light lake Malawi.
Each of theses moments we cherish, as special memories, but also as reminders that God’s Kingdom that will heal all brokenness, restore all things and bring us eternally into His presence is very near.
We want to encourage you to look this week and consider how is the Kingdom of God being glimpsed in your life? How is the veil fluttering of the mirror flashing bright reflections? In our experience, it always is. It’s just a matter of recognising it.