Day 7: Seeing Glory

Read: Start by reading John 1:14 out loud a few times. 

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14 NIV).

Meditate: Imagine a Holy God coming from a glorious heaven to live in a mortal body. It must have been a challenge for Jesus to limit Himself to the capabilities of mankind given that He is God.

When Jesus talked to His disciples, He hinted at limitations that humans allow as they process information. Mark 8:17–18 (NIV) is a good example.

“Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: ‘Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember?’” 

Read John 1:14 again. - Thank God for the grace He has shown you. 

Read John 1:14 again. -  Remember how He showed you His truth.

Read John 1:14 again. -  Ask God to show you His glory.

Thank God for the grace He has shown you. Remember how He showed you His truth. Ask God to show you His glory.

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to attend a creativity workshop where we were given some unusual assignments. After one session, we had to spend time looking carefully at someone, sketching that person, and writing down details about the physical traits we noticed. I felt somewhat like a private investigator trying to capture the details of the person without her being aware. It took about three tries before I was able to find a person who would stay still long enough in a position where she didn’t notice my activity. Finally, I was able to capture many details, including facial expressions, wrinkles, clothing colors, and skin tones. It seemed odd to visually impose on a person without her permission to complete the assignment, but I learned what it meant to look intently at people.

Notice: Try the creative assignment. Take time to notice the details of someone today. Really look at that person. Does he or she seem preoccupied, happy, or discouraged? Imagine that person’s untold story. Find a simple way to connect with him or her. Perhaps you might start a conversation about something you notice. What glory do you observe in each person?

Pray: Each time you see a flashing light today, ask God to show you His glory. Pray silently as you take time to look people in the eyes. Pray that His glory will shine through you for those who need to see Him today.