Amongst the many things that I have the absolute joy to do in my life is teaching people how to play guitar for the very first time. There’s nothing more fulfilling for me than to see someone who had never even attempted to learn a musical instrument before, beginning to strum away to one of their favourite songs. I just love that moment when a student, whose been struggling to get to grips with the basics of playing, begins to string a few chords together and play a song for the very first time. It’s a truly satisfying experience. In many ways I envy them because I still remember the first song I ever attempted which was Sloop John B by the Beach Boys (in fact I’m listening to them now as I write this is my back garden in beautiful summer sunshine…on vinyl of course;) and the feeling of absolute exhilaration that I felt as I played my first couple of chords. What a moment. Oh how I wish I could go back to that exact moment a experience it all over again. But that’s not the way life works.
Life they say is lived forward but only ever understood looking backwards, and that may indeed be the truth. So much of our appreciation of life actually comes from a nostalgic retrospective of our past. And although that’s great…honestly, what’s better is where we are right now and what is still yet to come.
The here and now…this very moment we are all in right now is so full that your mind can’t even consciously cope with the amount of information that your eyes are receiving and so most of that data (over 70% I am led to believe) is being processed by the amazing computer that is your brain without you or I having to think about it. Just consider that for a few minute or two. In any given moment you and I are missing most of what is actually going on around us! Wow!
There is so much in this world that you and I apparently just don’t notice. It’s one of the reasons most of us struggle to recognise God around us.
In the Bible in the book of Isaiah, we are told that the angelic beings who encircle the throne of God cry out:
"Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”
And later in the same book we are told that:
“And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all people will see it together”
We are told that the earth is filled with the glory of God and that eventually everyone will be able to see it when it is eventually revealed. The original word used in the Old Testament for “revealed” means to uncover and that glory of God was indeed uncovered for us all to see through Jesus and His death and resurrection, but that is only the start of the process for us. Jesus cried “It is finished” from the cross and in doing so declared the completion of His sovereign work of salvation for all of us, but right at the start of His earthly ministry Jesus said that he had come to “Open the eyes of the blind.”, and it is this blindness that we’re all still mostly suffering from. A blindness that stops us from seeing the true glory of God that the earth actually is indeed full of. Why does your doctor recommend a good walk in the great outdoors to lift your spirits? Because the whole earth is filled with the glory of God and that glory, which is most easily accessible to us through nature, is designed to do us good.
There truly are good things all around us.
The earth is full of the glorious goodness of God and easy to spot for the eyes that have trained themselves to look. You see…that’s the point that I’m trying to make here: we have to train ourselves to look, and when we look we will invariably start to see. After all, it was Jesus who said those who seek will find. So start looking around you…because God really is there in all His glory.