A couple of nights ago Bill and I had just finished a 4-mile walk. Our cat Charlie had been napping and he woke up and started stretching too! He got up and was sniffing and playing around at my feet, reminding me of when he was a kitten (see his picture!). I found myself smiling and thinking about what amazing creatures God has made and how fun it is to watch them.
I remembered some words of Dallas Willard in my favorite book, The Divine Conspiracy: “God leads a very interesting life… He is full of joy… All of the good and beautiful things from which we occasionally drink are tiny droplets of soul-exhilarating joy, God continuously experiences in all their breadth and depth and richness.” (p. 62)
I Think God Enjoys Kittens Too!
At any given moment God is able to enjoy a kitten playing, as I have been blessed to spend hours of my lifetime doing. Right now, somewhere in the world, the Father is delighting in the cooing of a baby as she finds herself in her mother’s face. At the same time he is experiencing ocean waves cascading to the shore on the most beautiful beach in the world. Continually God is infinitely happy as he relishes in endless waves of stunning ocean tides, friendly meows, and precious baby sounds!
Think about how fun it is to watch monkeys jump around in trees! Imagine watching a butterfly emerge from its cacoon! Recall your best day when you were with a loved one and felt so alive… You were enjoying a few drops from the ocean of God’s joy!
The Kingdom Among Us
It’s a “God-bathed world” Dallas says. “Until our thoughts of God have found every visible thing and event glorious with his presence, the word of Jesus has not yet fully seized us” (p. 62 of The Divine Conspiracy). The word of Jesus is one of redemption — he always brings the goodness of God’s kingdom to us, even in painful, unfair, or bad situations.
If only we will follow Jesus into “The Kingdom Among Us” to experience God! Jesus shows us how: he is “full of joy” (Luke 10:21) because he only does the works of love that he sees the Father doing (John 5:19). He prays for us, “Father… may they have the full measure of my joy within them” (John 17:13).
Thank you Jesus! What a blessing that God shares his beauty and joy with us every day! I want to live more awake to His goodness around me throughout the moments of my days in 2014. I invite you to join me as Jesus’ apprentice in the Father’s world.