Sunday, January 27, 2013

Open eyes and open dialouge

"It all comes back to Genesis 1:26, 'Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.' We were made for God's beauty, and all beauty is God's beauty.  When we see hear or taste or smell one of the created reflections of God's beauty, we love it; and it creates wonder within us.  Then we become junkies.  A single rush of wonder is fantastic, but we quickly want more of it.  We take pictures to possess the moment and share the wonder with friends.  The sight of beauty makes us want to touch or taste.  This is why children lick strange things and 'Do Not Touch' signs clutter botanical gardens and museums... Creating and enjoying beauty provide the richest moments of our lives.  We crave such experiences; and when our senses bring the beauty into our consciousness, wonder fills our soul."  Steve DeWitt from Eyes Wide Open

Probably the best and most seamless way to dig deeper into who God is and to grow roots in Him is to stop compartmentalizing Him to stained glass at a cathedral or Sunday morning pews.  To recognize that His beauty is why you do so much of what you do is revolutionary.  You peer out the window to look at the full moon because it's awesome.  He made it and it reflects His beauty.  You stand up and cheer at that perfectly executed football play because it's awesome.  He made those players and he gave them their athletic talent and it reflects His beauty. Really.  A football game. You take a gazillion pictures of your kids because they're awesome.  God made them and they reflect His beauty.  You get the point.

If you don't gasp a little bit at a sunset or get chill bumps while your favorite song plays, I'm not sure what to tell you.  But if you do, just start to recognize that every single thing that your senses perceive as delicious or beautiful or soothing or amazing or awesome... that's part of God's beauty.  It's a dim reflection of his very essence.  When you do that, you can thank Him more often for who He is and for what He's done.

It makes it so that when you open up a blood orange, you're not just getting a snack.  You open up your eyes and you open up a dialogue...

"Wow.  Way cool, God...."  

1 comment:

lifeinthevillage said...

Amen and amen. May we look deeply and find Him. :) Well stated!