On a recent trip with my girlfriend I found myself in utter awe of the buildings in New York City. I couldn’t understand why I was so amazed by them. They have no life. Man built them. Why did they make my heart stop just to look at them?
I decided that maybe it was because I knew how much work was put into building them. This was especially true of the cathedrals. When I looked at the beauty of these cathedrals, I was overwhelmed by the sheer grandness of them. If I were a young girl again, I would have wanted to live in them.
Now I can be content with simply gazing up at them or walking in them for a moment. This experience made me realize something incredible. I believe that God put the desire in our heart for beauty and grandness, and the rawest form of grandness is God. God is beauty, and He is the creator of beauty. But He doesn’t want us to be content with merely gazing or taking a quick peek at His beauty. He wants to see it, walk in it, and really live in it.
The buildings I saw in New York were just a tiny peek into the real grandness and beauty of God. His grandness surpasses all, and the work He does in the lives of His children is proof of that.
“One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.”
– Psalms 27:4 (NIV)
“Jesus, I want to experience Your grandeur and beauty in my daily activities. I know You have a grand plan for my life. Open my eyes to ways I can glorify You, and help me to walk and live in Your splendor. Lord, show me how I can better live my life to reflect Your beauty…”