The prism of beautiful collisions

By Dave Henning / October 5, 2022

“One of the best ways to view our relationship with God as an exciting adventure is to change the way we talk about the journey of life.  If everything’s always a mess, that’s not much of an adventure.  But if we view life through the prism of beautiful collisions, that changes things, doesn’t it?”- Timothy D. Willard

Timothy Willard concludes Chapter 7 of The Beauty Chasers with three ideas for changing our perspective on the ‘mundane’ in life.

1.  The fury of God’s presence fills the world with a spiritual shape.  It is God Himself who speaks beauty into chaos.  Also, life and light emanate from His presence.  Above all, God’s presence even fills the things we deem mundane with a roundness of spiritual shape.

Therefore, Timothy stresses, we need to use mundane to differentiate between this earthly world and the heavenly or spiritual realm.  For God Himself breathed life into us.

2.  Rivalry blinds us to glory.  Most significantly, the author asserts, the act of comparing encroaches upon the spiritual qualities you desire to cultivate in your life.  As the apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 10:12 (NIV):

“Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves.  But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding.”

3.  God’s presence gives meaning to the world.  In conclusion, the discipline of silence and waiting enables you to practice being in the presence of God.  As a result, the more you practice the presence of God, the more accurately you discern His presence when He fills you.

Certainly, God’s presence goes deeper than feelings.  However, we must first understand His presence before we’re able to step further into it.

Today’s question: What Bible verses help you view life through the prism of beautiful collisions?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Screen scrollers or Beauty Chasers?”

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