Gazing at God

I was humbled today when a video came onto my Facebook feed about a couple in their marriage.

Here is the Link to the video: http://www.faithit.com/people-stunned-chose-marry-him-they-said-never-work-3-years-later-couldnt-be-better-ian-larissa/#.U3mXXW9SJeX.facebook

As I was watching it I could feel the tears in my eyes well up and soon I was practically bawling my eyes out at the beauty and sincerity this couples love for God is. And it made me want to just sit and worship in awe at how good God really is. It humbled me and brought me to tears and in my heart I dropped to the floor on my knees, bowing down before God and just thanking Him for His greatness. It made me reflect in silence, gazing at God and his holiness.  I was in awe at the emotion this video made me feel, and I was in awe in Gods faithfulness– and their own. A quote was read at the wedding reception in the video that really resonated with me (even though Im not married you can still apply it to your current relationships and life in general) “Marriage is not mainly about prospering economically; it is mainly about displaying the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his church. Knowing Christ is more important than making a living. Treasuring Christ is more important than bearing children. Being united to Christ by faith is a greater source of material success than perfect sex and double-income prosperity. 

So it is with marriage. It is a momentary gift. It may last a lifetime, or it may be snatched away on the honeymoon. Either way, it is short. It may have many bright days, or it may be covered with clouds. If we make secondary things primary, we will be embittered at the sorrows we must face. But if we set our face to make of marriage mainly what God designed it to be, no sorrows and no calamities can stand in our way. Every one of them will be, not an obstacle to success, but a way to succeed. The beauty of the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his church shines brightest when nothing but Christ can sustain it.” -John Piper

Wow. Please just take a moment and let all of that just sit with you. Knowing Christ is more important than making a living. Treasuring Christ is more important than bearing children.”  You know I’d say bearing children is the most important thing most woman worry about and to make a living is the most important thing most men worry about, and to think that knowing and treasuring Christ is more important than either of those! What a profound statement. How silly to think that in our small brief lives we think that the most important thing will be to earn a living on this earth. And how grand is it to think that treasuring our God is even greater than bearing children. It kind of makes you take a step back and really look at the life you are leading. It makes you realize just how truly boundless, and immeasurable God is compared to our lives here on earth. It is easy for most of us to forget about God some days and it is especially easy for some of us who don’t have as great of hardships as others are dealing with at the moment that let us forget about our God. But when you see a couple that worships and relies solely on God, because God is the only one that can sustain their marriage (and any marriage for that matter) , you see the true beauty of Him shine through like golden rays on a cloudy day when the sun peaks through. “We are programmed to focus on what we don’t have, bombarded multiple times throughout the day with what we need to buy that will make us feel happier or sexier or more at peace. This dissatisfaction transfers over to our thinking about God. We forget that we already have everything we need in Him. Because we don’t often think about the reality of who God is, we quickly forget that He is worthy to be worshiped and loved. We are to fear Him.  A. W. Tozer writes, ‘ What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us… Worship is pure or base as the worshiper entertains high or low thoughts of God. For this reason the gravest question before the Church is always God Himself, and the most portentous fact about any man is not what he at a given time may say or do, but what he in his deep heart conceives God to be like’ ”

I live in the city and being in the city everything and everyone tends to be at a more fast paced speed, so sometimes I get so caught up in what I am doing, my career, and my future that I sometimes forget how small all of that actually is in the grand scheme of things. Living in the city it can start to feel like your goals and work are the biggest and most important things to achieve. But its not. And it is so humbling when I get reminded that not only is God the most important thing… but look at how pure He really is. Its all around us amidst all the tragedy and heartache, His light, shinning down on us. His light is an unmistakable one, and faith or no faith, everyone recognizes His light. Watching that video was a blessing, and a reminder that our God is able to do the impossible… and to see these two so devoted to Christ and so in love with Him when they have every reason to be angry is inspiring and motivating… and it makes me change my heart. It makes me realize that I am living an insignificant life if it is not for and with God. It makes me appreciate today, and all the beauty around us here on earth and I encourage you too, to simply stop what you are doing and take a moment to gaze at our God at all the beauty and hope he has given us.