Back in May, my husband Andy and I had the chance to visit the Grand Canyon for the first time. This has been a lifelong dream – ever since I saw it on The Brady Bunch when I was a kid. Let me tell you, it's much better in person than on TV. In fact, here's what happened when we approached the overlook on the first day we were there: I experienced such deep awe and joy that I can only describe it as worship. I was filled with amazement at what God had wrought. It is immense – beautiful – overwhelming. It surpassed even my experience of viewing the ocean for the first time. It just goes on and on, and it makes a person feel very, very small. As I stood and pondered God's handiwork, my eyes filled with tears and I could not speak. I was overcome with deep emotion that I could not describe with words. Even now, weeks down the road, when I think back on that moment, I can get teary again.
After we returned home, when I sat down to spend some time with God, I reflected back over how moved I was by the majesty of His creation – by His love for beauty, for variety, for the most intricate detail. Then I read these words in Jesus Calling (from May 17, which was the day of my first encounter with the GC):
Through spending time in My Presence, you gain glimpses of My overflowing vastness. These glimpses are tiny foretastes of what you will experience eternally in heaven. Even now you have access to as much of Me as you have faith to receive. Rejoice in My abundance – living by faith, not by sight.
Yes – I do think seeing the Grand Canyon gave me a tiny foretaste of what I will one day experience continuously – unending worship in the presence of my glorious Creator. Right now my heart is limited; it can only receive so much of that glory. But I long for the day when I can receive it fully. There is more joy to be had! I desire the fullness of that joy. I choose to open my heart to that desire and seek more and more of His presence.