While thinking about this month’s travel theme, I’ve been pondering the places that I would most want to visit or see in this world. Those places with vast beauty, breathtaking scenery and places where you desire to have an experience of emotion connected to the creation that God has made.
As I began my list of places, I started questioning my longings for these places.
Why do I even long to go here or there so badly?
And, in all transparency, why don’t I long for heaven the way that do these places? Or think about heaven as much as I do these places?
I know how forgetful I can be, to be reminded of the things above, to take the focus off of self and what I want and can get out of things and really dig deep into cultivating an eternal perspective and focus on Jesus.
Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t think that it is wrong to desire to go and see these places that we long to see, it is just a small fractional part to a bigger longing and a
bigger desire… Heaven.
A couple verses in Psalm 27 stuck out to me as I was searching my heart in this…
“One thing have I asked of the Lord, that I will seek after: 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 inquire in his temple.
You have said, “seek my face,” My heart says to you, “Your face, Lord, do I seek.”
Have you ever thought that God himself is beautiful? That he is not only the essence of beauty but the source of all things lovely?
Out of all the things David could pray for he asks to dwell in God’s house so that he can gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire, or explore, in his temple.
Not only do I notice David’s ultimate desire over any treasure in this world, but his longing to see the source of everything that is beautiful… the face of God.
I believe that Charles Spurgeon sums the rest up very well in the following quote:
“But seeing does not end it: we are to be changed into that which we gaze upon. We
shall sleep a while and then wake up to find ourselves as mirrors which reflect the
beauties of our Lord. Faith sees God with a transforming look. The heart receives the
image of Jesus into its own depths, till the character of Jesus is imprinted on the soul.
This is satisfaction. To see God and to be like Him-what more can I desire?”
God has intended for there to be a place in which He can dwell and share himself with his creation. He has made that place an eternal one where the presence of God is
known and experienced.
I had to take a second to process how amazing this is.
Yes, I long to see the beauty in places and things, but not because I desire them more than heaven or desire them more than God, but because they are just mere glimpses of the source of His glorious beauty that we will gaze upon in eternity, His courts, His temple and His house… The place in which God dwells.
It stirs my heart to long for the bigger picture and not just the fraction of it.
I pray that this reminder would be the true desires and longings of my heart and that like David, I would ask one thing of the Lord and seek after dwelling in the house of the Lord and seek his face all the days of my life.
“My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.”
In His name- Kandis Marino