The Mercy Seat

*I tend to have epiphanies and completely random thoughts that I would like to share with my small readership.  I hope that you take something from them that fills your soul with peace and joy.

In Chapter 25 of Exodus, God describes to Moses how the Israelites are to build the Ark of the Covenant. All of the measurements and details are given in great detail – I won’t go into that except to say this:

God has ideas bigger than ours.  I often wonder why we need such details.  He has his reasons, and I don’t question them.  Occasionally, I have a life moment that teaches me ‘why’ He wants it this way or that.  Sometimes, I just let it be.  So many things to focus on in a day, God can take care of my details for sure.  I do have another passage that I’ll share with on the topic of details another day.

So, here we go-

…Make one cherub at the one end, and one cherub at the other; of one piece with the mercy seat you shall make the cherubim at its two ends.  The Cherubim shall spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy seat with their wings.  They shall face one to another; the faces of the cherubim of the cherubim shall be turned toward toward the mercy seat.  You shall put the the mercy seat on the top of the ark; and in the ark you shall put the covenant that I shall give you.  There I will meet with you…   — Exodus 25:17-22

Verse 22 goes on to speak to Moses about God delivering instructions for the Isrealites – but that’s where I stopped reading – and just drew in a breath – and, yes, breathed in Jesus.  I have read that passage so many times.  And all I saw was God telling Moses what to tell the Israelites to do…

Hello.  Hear this, my loves – It’s called the MERCY SEAT.  The Seat of Mercy.  Do you know what mercy is?  Really? Read each defininition:

1       a :  compassion or forbearance shown especially to an offender or to one subject to one’s power;also :  lenient or compassionate treatment <begged for mercy>
b :  imprisonment rather than death imposed as penalty for first-degree murder
2       a :  a blessing that is an act of divine favor or compassionb :  a fortunate circumstance <it was a mercy they found her before she froze>
3:  compassionate treatment of those in distress <works of mercy among the poor>
   – Taken from right here: Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary

Now,  Let that sink in for just a moment.

At the Mercy Seat.

 Where He sits with us. 

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God’s got this, y’all.

 

 

 

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Be still…and do something.

Ever have a moment where you just get something? Finally…after thinking you already knew that?  I have lots of those…too many, really…

We have a tune we sing with our daughter when she gets too wiggly…”be still……..wiggle, wiggle, wiggle…be still….” I’m sure many of you parents  out there know it.  Sometiimes I have to sing that to myself. Don’t tell.  Please.

I tend to avoid the repetive and mundane… the tasks we have to repeat over and over…and this is my downfall – sometimes I just don’t get things done because of it…thing that really need to get done…I’ll become impatient because I’d rather do something more interesting or new and yet He says:

Trying for about the 4th time to read through the Bible.  Tell me I’m not alone in this? I rushed through my readings of Ex 27-30 today.  Because I’ve read them already and good grief…they go on and on…well… um…stop, sister.  Because when you stop and actually READ it…you learn something…maybe it’s not about the details…maybe it’s about something else entirely…

I  have lovely excerpts in my Bible from C.S. Lewis.  The one for today came from the preface to Paradise Lost:

When our participation in a rite becomes perfect we think no more of ritual but are engrossed by that about which the right is performed; but afterwards we recognized that the ritual was the sole method by which this concentration could be achieved. 

Did you ever notice that when you are sorting papers for a presentation, or doing some filing or sorting, or folding laundry, or threading your needle for the umpteenth time today, or simply driving the same path to work or school or wherever it is your road takes you  – these seem to be the times we lose ourselves in our thoughts.   And perhaps figure out  how to deal with that thing you’ve been trying to deal with for so long – or at least come to peace with it?

So, this post is a little reminder to myself to not get so impatient. And just do those things that must be done. Silence your phone and whatever other devices while you are doing them. And be still and do them well…and see what God does.