Thursday, 24 May: “Indescribable”

Reading – 2 Corinthians 9:11-15

The Yosemite Valley, California

God is, ultimately, beyond description; our human language and thoughts, our reality, even, fall short when confronting the infinite Divine. At the same time, we do have glimpses of God, tiny but profound understandings of the divine nature and persons.

For instance, God is good (to use the understatement of all time). God is the source and summit of goodness, truth, beauty, knowledge, and love. These tidbits of information on the Divine, taken with their evidence throughout our recorded history and our personal experiences, provide more than enough fodder for thanksgiving in this life and the next.

If that weren’t enough, though, we could, can, and should give thanks to God for being indescribable, for being a mystery to us even when we behold Him face to face. God holds us secure in the sure knowledge of His absolute love but also liberates our restless souls to explore His very being, into which we can always venture “further up and further in,” in the words of C.S. Lewis in The Last Battle.

Our hearts are at rest in God because they cannot fully grasp, comprehend, or contain His heart, allowing them to continually experience the Divine anew, with fresh joy and wonder every “time” for all eternity.

Does this make the concept of eternity and the nature of God any less baffling for you or me? Not much, if at all, but that would sort of remove the mystery of them both and make the whole point of this post (and, more importantly basically all of Christianity) rather moot.

Let’s keep thanking God for what we know about Him and continue to do good for and show generosity toward others by His grace as a sign of our gratitude, but let’s also thank God now and always for what we don’t know about Him, His mystery and infinity that continually beckon us and embrace us deeper in Himself, in love.

As Saint Paul said, “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!”



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