Yesterday I was driving behind a car on the EW Conn., the speed limit is 45, and does anyone ever go 45 on that road? People were impatiently passing that car and I too was looking for an opportunity to pass when something stopped me. I looked at the driver, or the back of his head, and his passenger and I couldn’t go around, I followed them doing about 35. What I saw was a very old man and his lady, looking side to side at the trees and talking. I wondered about their life and felt ashamed that my impatience almost made me go around them without noticing. I thought about how swiftly life passes, they were young once upon a long time ago. Why are we all in such a hurry? We will all end up old, if we are blessed, and someone will be impatient with us. “What goes around comes around.”
We all have our “Glory Days” and they are so quickly over. Watch a strong man contest or a beauty contest and as gorgeous as those young people are in all their “glory” you know that it won’t be long before their physical beauty will fade as the years bring on maturity, which brings on an assortment of wrinkles, thinning hair, aches and pains, etc. My grandmother used the phrase, “every dog has its day”, which meant “they may enjoy their beauty for now, but as the rose withers and fades, so will they.” We know that as we get older these things happen to our physical body, but there is our spiritual body, which does not age, aren’t you glad?
Adam and Eve walked in the Glory of God, that’s why they did not realize they were naked! When they sinned, the Glory light around them went out and they saw themselves, un-clothed, naked and they were ashamed. I have often wondered why it was that they felt shame at being naked…it was being naked of the Glory. Samson must have felt naked when he went out and shook himself and found that he was naked of the Glory. Peter must have felt naked of the Glory when he had denied Jesus and stood in the courtyard with the enemy. Judas found himself stark naked stripped of any glory and hanged himself because of his betrayal of the Christ. OH GOD, please give me the wisdom, knowledge and understanding to never find myself out in public naked of your Glory…that would shame me to death. Psalm 25:2 O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not my enemies’ triumph over me. To me, the absence of God’s Glory in my life IS to be ashamed. I pray for God to bring back the Glory for any of us who are feeling naked today!