The God of Splendor
The incomprehensible beauty of Christ stuns you when beholding it for the first time through a spiritual lens.
His eyes penetrate the soul and spirit, laying waste the trivia of the world. Though He strips bare the mind’s hidden secrets, His gaze brings no shame. There remains a longing for knowing more of Him and wanting Him to know me.
Here is the God with unlimited authority immersed in grace. Here is the God with a presence that breaks barriers of hate and prejudice. A warrior He is, whose intentions are freedom for the captive, a filling for the hungry, and acceptance for the forgotten.
This Jesus is present and center for any who call on His miracle-working name. He is our sufficiency for every need. He clothes Himself in the sparkling diamond blanket of sky. He surrounds Himself with melodies of earth’s winged creatures and a kaleidoscopic array of fluorescent color and fragrance.
We notice these things as a part of godliness when He is in us, and we are in Him. For without Him, we miss the “awe” factor and glorious oneness with Him and His creation. We are in sync with the harmony of His nature. We are at rest.
Isaiah 35:1-2 New International Version (NIV)
The joy of the Redeemed
35 The desert and the parched land will be glad;
the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.
Like the crocus, 2 it will burst into bloom;
it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.
The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,
the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;
they will see the glory of the Lord,
the splendor of our God.