You have not come to something that can be touched, a blazing fire, and darkness, and gloom, and a tempest, and the sound of a trumpet, and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that not another word be spoken to them. Hebrews 12:18–19
How can we possibly describe the presence of God? What would it be like to encounter Jesus? Is there a way to sum up the experience of entering eternal life? Such descriptions have been attempted. Moses’ encounter with God left him aglow with God’s Spirit and presence. Paul was struck blind and entirely stripped of his old sinful identity by Jesus. We have heard stories of what a new heaven and a new earth might look like if we found ourselves there—and the majesty of such a place is awe inspiring. However we try to describe connection with that which is divine, we believe the experience to be awesome. It is as if a blazing fire and an utter darkness are entangled with one another, it is like a blaring trumpet and the sound of sheer silence in concert with one another—it is as if the very last word has been spoken, and that word was so good that we longed never to hear another voice speak as long as we live. It is all things together in one. Completion. In the presence of God all people and all things are made whole . . . even us. How awesome is that?
Can you imagine yourself complete?
Lord, how I long for wholeness—for my soul and my entire self to feel fully united in my person and at one with You. There are moments when I feel as if one word from You could set everything right within me. My deepest desire is to hear You speak so that all the noise inside me and all the clamoring of my life might be stilled and silenced. For this I pray, in Your name. AMEN.