Radical Encounter

We all need just one thing—a radical, life changing encounter with the Perfect One.  Otherwise, we are doomed to a lifelong fruitless chase after beauty, goodness, perfection, and wisdom that will leave us frustrated and forlorn.  

And it needs to be an encounter that lasts—a face to face collision with the unmovable one that leaves us prostrate, humbled, awe struck, and fully convinced that we have embraced eternity.  

Maybe that’s too much to ask and maybe it isn’t.  Our creator has demonstrated that he knows very well how to hide himself.  He is just as adept at revealing himself powerfully, when he decides that the time is right.  

And we don’t need booming voices or flashes of lightning in order to discern his presence—a quiet whisper and a gentle caress can absolutely overwhelm our hearts with a sincere appreciation of his divine love and grace.  

Only he really knows what each one of us needs in order to be convinced of his love.  It is different for each one of us.  He has a trillion ways to speak.  How many love songs are there?  How many wise sayings? How many voices pleading for us not to go down dark, lonely paths without good reason?  How many smiling faces beckoning us onward in our search for truth?  Only he specializes in radical encounters customized for each and every living, breathing soul.  

Even he said, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you will say to the mountain, ‘Move from here to there’, and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

The miracle is not always God suspending natural laws, but rather it is getting his people in agreement with spiritual laws.  The mountain he speaks of could refer to our cold hearts, our blind eyes or our deaf ears.  When we can feel as he feels, see as he sees, and hear as he hears, then the world and it’s mountains will be no obstacle at all to our progress and perfection in the faith.  

Heaven will become so much more real than this clay and water training ground that we call home that we will drop everything and be ready to fly at the faintest whisper of his presence.   So, “Come, Lord Jesus!”

~ Brad Heilhecker