I watched online a rocket launch into space. There is something that excites me about seeing a vehicle blast off into the beyond; new things to discover, the joy of exploration, fresh insights. Our recent Easter children’s holiday club entitled ‘Space Academy’ picked up on this theme.
On a more earthly level, this spirit of adventure is seen in our holiday planning when we look for new places to go and explore. Rarely do we visit the same places twice as there are always some places we haven’t been to before. Even if I do return to a location, I’m always wanting to discover something I’ve not previously seen.
My desire to discover things partly comes from a passion to discover more about God. Heaven and earth are His creation which are good. Despite how the fall brought sin into the world, that cannot hide the majesty of His work. The Psalmist writes, "Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens" (Psalm 8:1). "The Heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork" (Psalm 19:1).
Gazing at the beauty of His handiwork, be it in the cosmos or in the world around us, should lead us to worship. It is incredible that not only do we look at the wonder of creation but also that in some mysterious way God continues to work.
The apostle Paul, writing to the church in Colossi about Jesus said, "For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together" (Colossians 1:16-17). In His infinite power, presence and knowledge, the very substance of life, the universe and everything – He holds it all together.
This mystery stirs me not only to want to know more about His creation on earth and beyond, but also to discover more about Him. Opening the Bible is a moment to discover something more about God’s amazing character and nature. And there is always something new to discover. If we could know everything about God, God would not be God. Some have a very limited view of God and eternity. I think one of the many amazing things about God is that it there will always be an eternal quest of discovering more about Him. An adventure which never ends. Always some new insight, undiscovered places of awe wonder and worship.
Perhaps you are looking for an adventure. The greatest adventure has to be discovering God in the pages of the Bible, in the lives of His people and in the universe. Romans 1:20 reads, "For His invisible attributes, namely, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse".