Ann Voskamp (One Thousand Gifts) concludes Chapter 6 with six observations on desiring and experiencing God’s glory:
1. Our quest to see God, who is invisible, enables us to persevere through life. Hebrews 11:27- “By faith he (Moses) left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.”
2. Only Jesus can split open our eyelids and open the eyes of our hearts to see His glory crack the dark. Ann adds: “He (Jesus) tears the veil to the Holy of Holies, gives me the only seeing I have.”
3. Joy hurts because God is “stretching us open to receive more of Himself.”
4. Seeing God’s presence and glory through the inner eye lens of His Word is merely a foretaste of the feast to come.
5. We give God glory when we’re fully alive. We’re most fully alive beholding God.
6.Our endless desires to see and experience God’s glory are fulfilled in an endless God.
Ann summarizes her observtions and the chaper with the following quote from C. S. Lewis in his book The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses:
“What more, do you ask, do we want? Ah, but we want so much more- something books on aesthetics take little notice of. . . . We do not merely want to see beauty, though God knows that is bounty enough. We want something else which can hardly be put into words- to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to become part of it.”