My spiritual journey has been taking me to some previously hidden places, and as I study God’s Word with the purpose of getting to know Him, I find myself overwhelmed. Overwhelmed with awe and reverence.
The lyrics of song we used to sing comes to mind:
No eye has seen and no ear has heard
And no mind has ever conceived
The glorious things that You have prepared
For everyone who has believed
You brought us near and You called us Your own
And made us joint heirs with Your Son
How high and how wide, how deep and how long
How sweet and how strong is Your love
How lavish Your grace, how faithful Your ways
How great is Your love O Lord
These words don’t even begin to capture the length and breadth and depth and height of who God is and how much He loves us. But I like the attempt.
The bottom line is that we give all of ourselves to obtain all of Him. There’s never been a better deal. When we make this exchange, we find that what used to matter doesn’t anymore. It’s not possible to encounter One so overwhelming (there’s that word again) and maintain the status quo.
My journey has potential to become all-consuming. And that’s okay. I know that many things will work along the way to stifle the desire in me to know God more. But the ultimate quest is doable and within reach. You could say that this journey adds meaning and definition to all other pursuits in life.
Those who choose not to make this sacred journey to know the Father may well spend the rest of their lives looking for an adequate replacement. And there is none to be found. Anywhere.
I think 2 Corinthians 3:18 sums it up quite well: “We all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
Because of who God is, to behold Him and remain unchanged is impossible.