Face To Face

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Just came from a great restaurant where I had lunch with a great dear friend. So as the waitress placed the overflowing yummy ingredients of my cobb salad in front of me, then placed the aroma-rich cranberry chicken salad of my friend, we prayed and settled into a much-needed time of visiting, laughing and catching up on many things we have neglected. We so enjoyed our time together!

Even though we communicate often and we both are quite savvy when it comes to our technology outreaches such as emails, tweets, facebook, Oovoo and Skype ... all these devices just don’t cut it after a while. Sometimes, we just need some good old-fashioned face-to-face time.

Funny how all these wonderful gadgets of technology are supposed to make our lives, simpler, easier and faster, yet it all comes back to face to face.

When people meet face to face, there are so many distinctives that are seen when looking deeply into their face. Even though I have a background in AMESLAN (Sign Language) it does not take an expertise in visual movements to read a person’s behavior, thoughts, emotions and facial expressions.

There is a reason for the saying, “The eyes are a window to the soul.” ~ unknown

That is why you hear mothers say, “Look at me!” When she is talking to her child, discerning whether they stole the sweet treat off the counter before dinner.

Why employers everywhere observe facial expressions when conducting interviews for job positions, especially when asking detailed information.

And why detectives get up close to look at and even intimidate the perpetrator.

Seeing one another face to face allows you to bypass all the words and formalities of language in order to cut right to the chase of the soul by absorbing every turn of the lip, of the mouth, every pause of eye movement that brings a hint of joy, every flutter of the eyelid that portrays grief, every giggle in the eyebrow when something funny is about to come forth and every bite of the lip holding back tears.

And all this can be “heard” just by observing the face. I bet you never knew all the silent language skills that can open things up a lot.

Simply put, expressed phrases of the face offer truckloads of understanding.

Jesus is the same way. People always assume that there are multiple ways for us to connect with the God of the universe. It is plain and simple ... face-to-face time is all He wants and all He asks.

All we have to do is go to the Bible to confirm this amazing fact — full and overflowing with love of God and humongous grace.

The God of the universe is not satisfied with knowing you from a far away distance, sitting on a throne with no connection ... NO — He is a personal God that not only wants to know you in an intimate manner, but proved it by allowing His promise to be filled sending His Son Jesus to have a face-to-face relationship with us.

But this is not just offered to us, but was also offered to those before us:

Jacob

“Jacob called the name of the place Peniel, saying, ‘For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been delivered.’” Genesis 32:30

Moses

“Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.” Exodus 33:11

People

“… and they will tell the inhabitants of this land. They have heard that you, O Lord, are in the midst of this people. For you, O Lord, are seen face to face, and your cloud stands over them and you go before them, in a pillar of cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night.” Numbers 14:14

Gideon

“When Gideon realized that it was the angel of the Lord, he exclaimed, “Ah, Sovereign Lord! I have seen the angel of the Lord face to face!”

Ezekiel

“And I will bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and there I will enter into judgment with you face to face.” Ezekiel 20:35

John

“Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete. I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face.”

Even John got tired of letter writing and wanted to embrace them face-to-face.

God is not a respecter of persons. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. If He sought to seek these Biblical people face to face, then He will do the same for you.

All you need to do is:

Questions

1) Will you allow God to seek you face to face?

2) Will you take the grand opportunity to seek God face to face?

3) Will you yield to God in all things and in all ways?

© Copyright 2012 Simone Lake. All Rights Reserved.

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About the Author

Simone Lake is a pastor’s wife, Bible teacher, author and conference speaker (both in the U.S. and internationally). Founder of Deep Roots in Christ Ministries (based on Jer. 17:7-8), she teaches spiritual discipline courses, writes devotional articles in several publications, is a short-term missionary, prayer coordinator and chaplain.

She graduated from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master’s degree in Theological Studies (MTS). Simone serves in various areas at Church on Randall Place as well as her associational and state church denomination. Simone and her husband, Pastor John Lake, enjoy outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking the Grand Canyon, mountain bike riding and walking their Border collie, Scout.

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