Enjoying God Every Day
I wake up way too early. I stumble into my trainers and outside into the cold. Training for a half marathon is much easier said than done.
It’s still dusk as my lungs fill with fresh air and my muscles slowly get going. As I turn the corner, I can’t miss the light beams reaching through the last of summer’s leaves. The momentary flicker of sunrise reveals wonder; a glowing gift from the heavenly Giver.
Not long after, I’m home forcing down my breakfast to get to work in time. For the next run I'm not so lucky - rain and wind.
Beauty is momentary.
Franz Kafka was tormented by this. He said, “anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” As for him, he grew old. Like the rest of us.
A beauty which lasts
There is something fleeting about a beautiful sunrise, a piece of music, a meal with friends, a good conversation or a walk in the hills. Grasping onto their beauty is grasping onto water. It slips through our fingers.
But there’s nothing fleeting about God’s beauty. And like the sunlight through the trees, shafts of God’s glory penetrate the darkness and fill our everyday lives.
So we don’t have to suffer Kafka’s torment. The glory revealed in everyday things offer a glimpse, or metaphor, of what God is like.
As you bite into an apple, you’re reminded how sweet it is to be a child of God. A thoughtful chat with a friend points to His wisdom. Someone helps an older person off the train and you see his kindness even in creatures who display the marred, but preserved image of their kind creator.
A hug with someone dear to you makes you glad that he wraps us up in his perfect love. When watching a historical documentary on TV you recall he is the same yesterday, today and forever.
When you rest on the sofa, you know God brings rest to the weary through Christ's finished work. You take in the quiet calm of night and remember he is a God of peace.
Taste and see
We musn’t separate God’s word from God’s world. We might open our Bibles, but later on we neglect to open our eyes, ears and mouths to the God who has spoken every encounter and thing into our lives.
The psalmist says, “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8).
After the lunch I’ve just had, I’m in no doubt.