There are moments in our lives when we are lifted up above the clouds. We are offered glimpses of the divine, we are surprised by unexplained joy, the sound of a gentle breeze, We get to experience a rush of emotions, a high that is both beautiful and painful. Beautiful because it offers us the inspiration to continue on in faith. Painful because it is just a taste, and we know we cannot remain in those moments, not yet. Each time, we must descend back beneath the clouds. We have to step back out of the wardrobe, return from the island of Pan, leave the place of our song-dream, turn the page in the magician's book. This withdrawal of His presence allows us to experience the longing, to struggle in the Christian life, to continue to seek to become more like Him, to become transformed, glorified.
"Behold, the Lord will pass by, and before the Lord, a great and powerful wind will be rending the mountains and shattering the rocks; but the Lord will not be in the wind. After the wind, an earthquake, but the Lord will not be in the earthquake. After the earthquake, there will be a fire, but the Lord will not be in the fire. After the fire, there will be a sound of a gentle breeze, and the Lord will be there."
But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? Bid her therefore that she may help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful; and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. Luke 10:40-42