MERRY WEDNESDAY BY PARRIS
“Blessed are the chosen! Blessed the guest at home in your place! We expect our fill of good things in your house, your heavenly manse. All your salvation wonders are on display in your trophy room. Earth-Tamer, Ocean-Pourer, Mountain-Maker, Hill-Dresser, Muzzler of sea storm and wave crash, of mobs in noisy riot— Far and wide they’ll come to a stop, they’ll stare in awe, in wonder. Dawn and dusk take turns calling, “Come and worship.” PS.65:2-8
Jesus spoke of going away to make a home for us. While the world turns into another day, Christians yearn for Heaven. CS Lewis said, “True Joy is the ache for something beyond this world. The Holy Spirit uses this restlessness to awaken spiritual hunger. When little moments of life ─ like the way the light falls on a summer evening ─ stir you with a deep longing that’s hard to define, don’t look to earthly pursuits to fill the void. Instead, allow the ache to push you deeper into your relationship with God. Pursue Him. Allow that longing for Him to become the hottest fire in your heart. Joy—that sharp, wonderful Stab of Longing—has a lithe, muscular lightness to it. It’s deft. It produces longing that weighs heavy on the heart, but it does so with precision and coordination…It dashes in with the agility of a hummingbird claiming its nectar from the flower, and then zips away. It pricks, then vanishes, leaving a wake of mystery and longing behind it.”
Learning to listen is a required art. Listening to the chatter of people around you, your children, your parents and the list goes on. Seeing the world through new lenses requires us to slow down and take it all in. We become of the “other world” or the “not yet but soon to be” even when surrounded by the ones we love. When Lewis talks about the hummingbird pricks then vanishes, God seems to do that to us all the day long. He comes near in so many ways to put eternity into our hearts. There is a true joy that runs deeps within us, reassuring us of a new life in another world. He changes us so that we can be seed planters imparting hope to the hopeless. The hummingbird comes to me then to you sharing its news of a GOD of wonder.
Jonathan Edwards said it so well when he said, “God is the highest good of the reasonable creature. The enjoyment of him is our proper; and is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Better than fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, or children, or the company of any, or all earthly friends. These are but shadows; but the enjoyment of God is the substance. These are but scattered beams; but God is the sun. These are but streams; but God is the fountain. These are but drops, but God is the ocean.”
What is imprinted upon your eyeballs?