It was about 7 am and I was overlooking a lake in the Adirondack mountains. We had led a group of high school students to a Young Life camp there, and I had stolen a few precious away to be alone with Jesus. As I stared into the lake, I was taken aback by just how sparkly it was–that God created water to sparkle.
I was consumed by the fact that this was his goodness I was admiring, and all the more amazing, that I was invited into his goodness. We spent the week sharing the beautiful love story of the gospel with our high school friends, and the theme of those weeks is truly that they are invited into the adventure of life with Jesus. He displays his glory all around us, calling us to abundance.
“I will be a wall of fire all around her,” declares the LORD, “and I will be the glory in her midst.” Zechariah 2:5
He presses us to know him. He isn’t passive in the act. We are pursued.
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. Psalm 23:1-2
He draws us into admiration of himself, and I think it’s easy to see why: other than the sheer mutual joy of reveling in God’s beauty, it produces in us a greater love and desire for obedience of him. You can’t not want to know a God so beautiful. The more we know about him, the more we love him. A favorite verse that proves this is in Paul’s letter to Philippi where he states that the more we know about God, the more we love him.
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more through knowledge and depth of insight. Philippians 1:9
He enchants us into a lifetime of himself. An ETERNAL lifetime!
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:6