God Is Speaking To Us, Even Today
God, being omnipotent (All Powerful), is certainly the Master creator of the visual. Consider for a moment the face of Moses as he looked at the burning bush in the wilderness and strangely enough, it was not consumed in the fire. Think of the Israelites who watched in amazement as the Red Sea parted and they crossed on dry land. Picture the wrenching body language of the false prophets of Baal as they were mocked by Elijah when their cultic customs and feigned prayers could not ignite a fire beneath their altar. Imagine the picture forever etched in their minds as Elijah, three times, poured water over the altar he had built and then also filled the surrounding trench with water. After which Elijah prayed to God, “Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.”
Reflect upon the visual imagery generated by the miracles of Jesus Christ. The disciples saw him walking on the sea and they cried out for fear. The multitudes witnessed Jesus bless two fishes and five loaves of bread; it then became enough to feed over five thousand and there remained twelve baskets full of the leftovers after all were filled. Muse over the scene when Lazarus was deceased, placed in a tomb and had been in that tomb for four days. Jesus Christ came to the tomb, prayed to his Father in Heaven “And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.”
All of these images spoke volumes to those who were privy to them. God most certainly does speak to us through visual images and He continues to do so until this very day. We read in the Scriptures, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” Have you ever stood outside on a cloudless night and looked into the heavens? Awesome, is it not? Stars and moons and planets decorate the night sky like jewels placed perfectly in their settings. I am sure we all have seen a magnificent sunrise, or sunset, adorned with varying and vibrant colors; undulating beams of red, orange and yellow light. How about snow-capped mountains, lush green forests and deep blue seas? Even the hot and harsh desert sands are places where beautiful imagery can be found. Mary Austin wrote, “For all the toll the desert takes of a man it gives compensations, deep breaths, deep sleep, and the communion of the stars.” Imagery affects us!
Many Christians are adamant that God does not speak in this age and I would agree that we are not hearing the audible voice of God, but I know that he still speaks to us. The imagery of God speaks volumes to us. A parent who witnesses the physical birth of their child, followed by a Spiritual birth later in this life, brings about shouts of joy in ringing in their hearts and minds. God’s imagery speaks to us. You just have to look and listen.