Of Beautiful Things Hidden in Plain Sight

(Continuing my weekly blog from Hope City, on the things God is teaching me)

“My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places of the mountainside, show Me your face, let Me hear your sweet voice; for your voice is sweet and your face is lovely.” Song of Songs 2:14

We are doves, hiding in the Rock of Christ, our protection, our shelter. A dove looks ordinary on the outside, (the Hebrew for in this instance is more accurately translated into what we would call a pigeon) but inside, they are all unique. Take a closer look at any pigeon. See beyond the outward annoying messy bird you may see at first. Look at its feathers, with the pretty iridescent effects, the brightness of its eyes, the beauty of its wings, the softness of its voice.

If the pigeon believed only what the world says about it- nuisance, messy, overpopulated, gross, whatever- it would be unable to see those things. It would not see the great speed and skill which it can fly with, the individuality of it, the greatness of what it really is.

What is your identity rooted in? What the world says, or what Christ says about you?

Hide in the rock of Him. You are safe there, firmly rooted, and will gain the strength to see clearly, to see yourself as He sees you, to see Him with clear, bright eyes.

But, as you do that, make sure that you are speaking to Him, looking to Him. He wants to hear your voice. He cares what you say. The simple trust of a child in your eyes for Him, the ability and humility to ask Him for whatever you need. Those are precious to Him.

As precious as any dove or sparrow.

May God bless you throughout your week, and may you grow in knowledge of the brightness of Him within you, and the humility to be content to look plain on the outside, knowing that He sees your heart.

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