Like all great travellers

“Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” Benjamin Disraeli. I wouldn’t call myself ‘a great traveller’ – but as one who has the privilege to travel from time-to-time, I can identify with Disraeli’s quote.  I have therefore developed the habit of keeping a personal log whilst away from home and, in so doing, I can recall what is important without exaggeration.  On Friday 25th March 2011, the evening on which Eddy & Chris Delameillieure and I visited with the late Judith Buchanan in Guardarrama Hospital, Spain, I wrote in my traveller’s log  words from a picture on my hosts’ study wall:

“Ah, if I might behold His face within my heart. My eyes would never ask to look beyond.” – Jehuda Haleri

I am reminded of Isaiah’s testimony:  “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord…” (Isaiah 6:1)  Isaiah’s experience of God, perhaps a vision of the pre-incarnate Christ, entirely transformed his life!  He was never the same man again!  Oh!  That God might grant each of His own such life-changing encounters.  To behold His face within our hearts.  To capture a glimpse of His glory in our lives.  To revel in His love.

In days like these, our vision is so easily impaired by the tainted affairs of men.  Satan and his demonic host endeavour to distract and deflect the people of God, that we might waste our time on what is temporary and without eternal significance.  By way of contrast, the Apostle Paul wrote the 1st century church in Colosse:  “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”  (Colossians 3:1 – 2)

May I encourage you to set your heart and mind on things above and, thus, behold His face within your heart.

Just 4 days after our time with our very dear sister and missionary colleague, Judith was looking into the face of her Saviour as He welcomed her home.  What joy!  The blessed hope of the child of God.  For those of us who remain, whilst this blessed hope resonates within our hearts, we must be content to behold our Saviour as but a poor reflection in a mirror (1 Corinthians 13:12).  However, such is the wonder of our Saviour, even His poor reflection has the potential to grip our hearts and lives, that we might never ask to look beyond.

Doug Atherton
UK Executive Director

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