Beholding the more Excellent Glory
Beholding the more Excellent Glory by George Hawtin. The scriptures contain much teaching concerning the glory of the Lord and the wonder working power contained in the glory of its transforming light to transfigure the fledgling saint from glory to glory as he earnestly beholds it. “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 Cor. 4:6.
One day in spring I watched my wife planting gladiola bulbs in the dark, cold earth just outside my study window. They were dirty little bulbs, ugly, unattractive and apparently as lifeless as Pharaoh’s tomb, but the glory of the sun shone down upon them and the rain fell from heaven to water the earth, making it to bring forth and bud, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater. As the sun warmed the earth with its glory and the dew of heaven fell upon those ugly, lifeless bulbs, tiny blades began to appear above the ground. The sun smiled down from heaven upon them and, as the growing plants looked up into his shining face, change after wonderful change took place.
Beholding the more Excellent Glory
Magnificent spikes began to appear, more delicate than any power on earth could grace them, and in an array of glory and color that beggars the power of description. Big bumblebees came to caress them and gather their honey. Humming-birds on their invisible wings hung suspended in mid-air to praise the glory and sip the sweetness of their nectar. Humans, too, paused to admire them and touch the fragile glory of their flowers, and no one troubled to remember those ugly bulbs of yesterday; nor did any consider that all that magnificent color, sweetness and beauty had been wrapped up in grubby little tubes that months before had been planted as roots in a dry ground. But God knew its beauty, for He had placed it there, and well did His mind understand the transformations that would take place as the miracle working glory of the sun looked down upon them.
A traveler on the dusty road
Strewed acrons on the lee;
And one took root and sprouted up
And grew into a tree.
Love sought its shade at eventide
To breathe its early vows;
And age was pleased at height of noon
To rest beneath its boughs.
The dormouse loved its dangling twigs;
The birds sweet music bore.
It grew a glory in itself,
A blessing evermore.
All nature everywhere radiantly manifests the ever, progressing work of God. “The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament showeth His handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech and night unto night showeth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.” Psa. 19:1-3. For many years I have been thoroughly convinced that everything in nature is a magnificent portrayal of gospel truth. Is it then any wonder that Jesus, teaching men to trust in God, mused as He admired the flowers that grew about Him, “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” Matt. 6:28-29. And again: “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.” Matt. 10:29. And again, making known to Nicodemus the hidden mystery of the new birth, which can only be accomplished by the transforming power of the Holy Spirit, He likened its mystery to the strange and awesome motion of the wind, saying, “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou nearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, or whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” John 3:8.
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