Much has been said this week about the fire at our beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral.
I say “our” because this house of worship has become so much to so many people across the globe. You don’t have to be French or Parisian or even Catholic to be utterly gutted by the sudden horror of seeing her ablaze for hours on live television. The images spread across social media as quickly as the flames consumed her beautiful interior. Thankfully there were those with cooler heads and heavy hearts that created a human chain to save what they could of the precious treasures of our heritage.
I am sure there will be many stories to come that will shed new light on what happened during the fire.
But I know one thing for sure..
God will use this tragedy to create something much more glorious and healing in the days and weeks and even years to come.
I know this because this is how our God rolls…
I know how He must have loved this place too– after all:
He was there when every stone was hewn and timber felled — He knows how each act was touched with a blessing.
He gave strength and vision to those original master builders;
He knows every hidden treasure–every secret praise that crossed the lips of the artisans.
He watched as people through the ages have gathered under her magnificent roof to gaze upward and wonder at His majesty. He knew how each one felt so small and yet richly blessed.
Yes, I know God has cherished this place; protected this place; nurtured this place: not because he requires man to build him such a place, after all, David wrote his most beloved Psalm 23 on a hillside. No I don’t believe God requires such places, but I am confident he treasures them none the less.
Because this is the way our God rolls…
As dear as this holy place was and is to Him, he has more in mind. Something will rise from this ashes, I am sure the people of France will rebuild, but I am sensing something else, something more…God knows what is needed to change hearts and minds and he will do anything-even sacrifice that which he most treasures-to reach out to us in love.
Look the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world! ~ John 1: 29
This Good Friday, lean into the moment of God’s sacrifice.
Let it shatter you completely.
Look upon the sight of his son suffering on the cross on our behalf and let it fill your heart so that you might have new eyes.
Let the sight of His sacrifice inspire you to greater acts of courage, of sacrifice, of love…
And let it comfort you as you realize…
This is the way
Our God Rolls–
One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. ~ Psalm 27:4
In Jesus’ Name
I had chosen this painting for Good Friday many weeks ago. I decided to stay with this painting by Masaccio because I see how God’s sacrifice of his son has opened a new dimension in our spiritual lives. It has blown a hole through previous ways of thinking and given the world a fresh new perspective. I am also very much drawn to the idea of God and the Holy Spirit being there supporting Jesus on the cross. The Holy Trinity in their most defining moment, unified not separated and mighty to save.
What do you see in this painting called The Holy Trinity?
Have any of you every visited it while in Florence?