Video Calling

15 06 2012

He begged. I resisted. Technology and I are not best friends, but my son, who is spending the summer in another country, pleaded with me to download a program that would allow us to video chat. Email is good. Talking on the phone works well, but video calling would allow him to see our faces.

I wasn’t convinced, but yesterday we had our first video chat. It was wonderful. There is so much more that you can capture in a conversation when you can watch someone’s eyes, witness their smile, and match their voice with their expression. He was right. It was worth it.

His desire to share this face-to-face time made me hungry for more. And it offered me a mirror for my soul. Worship, Bible study, and prayer are excellent connection points with Jesus. They allow us to interact with His Spirit, listen to His voice, and open our hearts to His purpose. But they are supposed to make us hungry for more. Hungry to be in His presence and see His face.

When John describes heaven, he describes a place of indescribable splendor, unimaginable riches, and sublime perfection. Heaven’s intense beauty, however, is overshadowed by one singular, amazing reality – we will get to see His face.

“Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.” – I John 3:2

My Jesus Resolution today is to be like my son. I want to have a deeper longing for home. I want to develop a hunger that can only be satisfied by seeing His face. We are God’s children and seeing His face should be my most aching desire. I can catch glimpses in His Word, the people who shine with His likeness, and in worship and prayer, but I don’t want to settle for a glimpse. I want to lock my focus on the cross until I can look into His eyes.



One response

15 06 2012
Cathy Messecar


Thank you for your words of wisdom. They bless me. I’ve known about you for a long time, yet hadn’t read anything of yours until I signed up for your blog. We’re fellow authors and live close to each other, I’m in Montgomery, and I know many of the people at your congregation. I hope we can meet sometime. May God continue to bless your ordained ministry.

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