One of the most incredible claims of Scripture is that God is visible in all things. Moved by beauty, inspired by love, a feeling of grandness that stretches us beyond ourselves – we have all experienced it. Whether we recognize it as God or not, it is indeed Him. Calling us from the heights and depths of creation, through the voices of our fellow man, and in every conceivable situation or circumstance.
So, if God’s eternal quality is so clear in the material world, why do we have such a hard time seeing, acknowledging, and following it? Why do we feel the need to excuse away what is readily available?
The answer is simple enough. The truth of God is big. Bigger than big. And being exposed to it often makes us feel small, overwhelmed, uncertain. That uncertainty can be as unsettling as it is inspiring.
Truth is an acquired taste. It is big and grand and wonderful. Too wonderful for our reason to catch up with. Too magnificent for us to control. And so, we ignore it or try to control it or explain it away. Which causes us to miss so much of who God is and what he is doing in the world.
The truth is that God’s grandness is not something we need to shy away from, but something we need to lean into. In our heart of hearts, this is what we want. That eternal nature is not just shouting from trees and friends, it is whispering in our own souls. It is the true desire of our hearts. We must lay aside superficial appetites and the delusion of control in order to see it more clearly.
When we do, the Heavens are opened to us. It is still too grand to fully comprehend, but we will see more. And we will hear God’s invitation to participate. It is an acquired taste and takes some getting used to, but the call of God on our lives will continue to surprise and inspire us with the grandness of eternity.