The strong hand of love hidden in the shadows


Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen. Hebrews 11:1,3

This is big. This is a big thought — probably the biggest thought you will ever have. For that reason, it’s not something you necessarily carry around in your head all the time. It’s a little too big for that. It’s something you can know and believe, but forget trying to get your arms around it.

We’re soon going to be looking at the amazing thought that you and I are visible evidence of Christ. Now that’s big enough, but I want you to hold that thought for a bit because there is a bigger thought still. And that is the thought that everything you can see — and that includes the entire universe — everything that exists in the physical world came from something you can’t see. So that everything, and I mean everything you can see, is visible evidence of God the Creator. The universe was spoken into existence by the word of God. And God said, “Let there be ______, and there was ______.” That means that everything you can see is visible evidence of the spoken word of an invisible God. We are swimming around in the word of God. Want evidence that God exists? Open your eyes.

Have you seen Jesus my Lord

He’s here in plain view

Take a look, open your eyes

He’ll show it to you.

      – John Fischer

How hard is that? Easy to see; hard to believe. But once you believe it, it becomes evidence of your faith. Faith itself is visible evidence. It becomes substance. Have you ever thought of your faith as substance? Your faith is the hard evidence.

So what do we do with this information? If Marti were looking over my shoulder right now (and she will be soon when I send this to her) she would ask me one question: “So what?” Answer:

  1. Everywhere I’m looking, I’m seeing evidence of God.
  2. What we can’t see is just as important as what we can see.
  3. God’s hand is in everything.

That last thing is the beautiful truth. It is true in all things, good and bad.

Case in point. The guy at the next table here in Starbucks is talking about the Divine Presence. He’s talking on the phone. Every once in a while I hear a word like: “universe,” “mantra,” “subtle thing, super important to know.” See … everybody knows. Then he said, “This is my job; this is what I was sent here to do.” Chandler talks like this. This man I’m listening to is a Millennial. Chandler is a very young Millennial. He feels he was sent here to save people. I wonder if it’s characteristic of this whole generation, and if that means something. They feel a sense of destiny.

This tells me that the end is closer than ever and that the Spirit is on the move. It was one of the main tenets of the Jesus Movement — a sense of urgency. We truly believed the return of Christ was going to come in our lifetime. It still may. It was what spurred us on to love and good deeds, and the need to tell everyone about Jesus.

We have boots on the ground disciples in 141 countries. We have connections. We have a worldwide network. We have visible evidence of God and of His call and many of you have already shown us visible evidence of your support by responding with a donation of $50 or more for our current campaign to expand our reach. Daryl, Ted, Nancy, Jennifer, Barbara, William, Darin, Lynn, and Sharon have all donated just since last night. Thank you!

GetImageStay tuned. And if you can spot us with a donation of $50 or more, and we make our goal of $15,000, we will be sending you a Visible Evidence T-shirt as a Thank You. Honestly … I want one of these. It’s a wonderful way to start a conversation.

We can laugh and we can cry

And never see the strong hand of love hidden in the shadows

We can dance and we can sigh

And never see the strong hand of love

Never see the strong hand of love

And never see the strong hand of love hidden in the shadows

      – Mark Heard


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2 Responses to The strong hand of love hidden in the shadows

  1. Dave Morgereth says:

    Ah… Mark Heard – he was “a true Israelite, in whom there is no guile”
    Rarely a day goes by where I don’t hear that song in my head as I walk around and see people not seeing the “Strong Hand of love hidden in the shadows”

  2. Mark says:

    Today’s Catch reminded me of a good saying I heard from a man, I highly respected in Amway: “Seeing isn’t believing. Believing is seeing.”

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