A Thinned Veil

A Thinned Veil

Recently, I completed reading Beth Moore’s new book, Audacious. I won’t be reviewing it here, but I will recommend it to you. I mention this book because of a section that caught my attention and is still holding me captive.

Beth talks about moments when she has felt God so near or His intervention so clearly that it is like the veil between her and the Lord has thinned for a moment. I paused and related completely to what she was saying.

There have been times I have been awakened in the middle of the night and felt compelled to pray for a certain person. Later I discover that person was going through a hard time and needed some extra prayers on her behalf.

I’ve also been studying my Bible and suddenly have a new insight into what the passage means for me and my situation. Feeling the Spirit so close, I rub at the goose bumps on my arms or breathe deep to calm a racing heart beat.

On several occasions I have been discouraged, specifically about whether my writing ministry is really touching people. At these low points God has nudged a reader or reviewer on my behalf to let me know that a message from one of my stories helped her or provided encouragement. I tear up and nod toward heaven, thanking Him for the gentle shove to keep going.

Many people don’t want to believe in a God they can’t see. I believe that God thins the veil so we can catch a glimpse of Him. But we have to be alert and focused upon Him. I could write off these peeks at God as coincidences, except, I don’t believe in those.

My sweet brothers and sisters in Christ, our God isn’t the kind to hide from us or stay at a distance. No, He is near. He sent his Holy Spirit to live inside of believers. That’s sticking pretty close!

However, these encounters can be blocked out by an enemy who doesn’t want you to experience God. Our enemy is very subtle and crafty. He will blind you to thinned-veil moments by making you think you’re too busy to study God’s Word. He’ll stick a thought into your head that makes you feel following God isn’t worth it. He will amp up the volume of a busy schedule to drown out the Spirit’s nudging.

Why does your enemy care? He knows that the more thinned-veil moments you have with the Lord, the stronger you become at resisting your enemy and the more effective you become for God.

“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” James 4:7-8

Have you had one of those thinned-veil moments recently? Don’t we serve a great and loving God, Who allows glimpses like this to encourage us?

Paula Mowery About Paula Mowery

Paula is a pastor’s wife, mom to a college student, author, acquiring editor, and speaker. No matter the hat she wears, she strives to honor God’s plan even if it means going out on a limb and leaving comfort zones. Reviewers have characterized her writing as “thundering with emotion.” Her book, Be The Blessing, won the 2014 Selah Award in the novella category. You can follow Paula on Facebook and learn more about her at her blog.


  1. You ask about recent thin-veiled moments? I’ve had an amazing week as the Spirit continually drives home the same lesson to me through various media. I guess I’ve been pretty dense! Or Jesus knows that I’m ready to listen. The situation is complicated, and I’m working my way through it with several thin-veiled moments. The more He speaks, the greater my joy.

  2. Oh Paula, I love this thought. There are times when God feels so close I can almost feel him there, with a reassuring hand on my shoulder. That’s what makes the times when I don’t feel him near even harder, but as you said, the enemy is there to block those thin veiled moments. Such good thoughts for us, today. So appreciate of this.

  3. Linda, I know what you mean. I just know that God must shake his head at me and wonder when I’m gonna get it. But yes, our joy-meters do overflow when we pay attention.

  4. Cherie, thanks. I’m glad this spoke to you.

  5. Love this post, Paula. I often worry that I have let the fog of anger or frustration or self-doubt cloud my vision, and although God is right there, I just can’t see Him. I have to be more open to letting the sunshine burn away that fog!

  6. Patti, I’m right there with you. I’m so bad to let things fog my view of Him. I love your analogy. Let the Sonshine burn off that fog today! Love ya, Friend.

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