Jan 16, 2020
Have you ever encountered a view or experience so majestic, so beautiful, that all you could do is stand silently in awe? In that moment, there’s nothing else, no worry, no regrets, no plans, no ideas, no action. All is consumed by that moment, and we’re left breathless, humbled, empty. Though empty, a quiet joyful grace fills our heart and takes the place of all that was removed, and we’re even thankful that all was taken from us. That is love. That is God.
Now imagine you’re approaching the All Mighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth, however you imagine that one to be. Who wouldn’t stand in awe, in silence and humility? It’s easy to imagine that experience would be overwhelming. Yet, what if I were to tell you that we have been in God’s presence every moment of our entire life, even this very moment now, and have considered that experience as mundane, ordinary, and nothing special? Because by and large, we’ve given such little attention to this, and looked elsewhere for fulfillment.
Even if God were pointed out clearly, one would likely say: “That’s it? That’s all? That’s too simple!” Is a sunset or a mountain vista complicated? What about the laughter of a child or an embrace from a loved one? Do those experiences need to be understood intellectually in order to appreciate them? Truth isn’t found in the convoluted meanderings of the mind, but simply in the experience of being. When our stories, judgements and ideas about ourselves and the world are removed, what’s left is truth, joy, grace, love, being, God.