Eugene Cho

in our human finitude, we cannot fully grasp the infinitude of god…

We can try but we cannot fully understand the fullness, majesty, and glory of God.

But we try. It is our human nature – for better and for worse. We use words, metaphors, stories, images, songs, liturgy, and the kitchen sink to better understand the answer to the question: “Who is God?”

We try but

how can we possibly in our human finitude fully grasp the infinitude of God?

We can’t which is why it is so incomprehensible that God chose to descend, be consumed by flesh and bone, be born of a woman, and live amongst us.

While it is certainly good news that God died for us in Jesus Christ, don’t forget this amazing gospel: God walked amongst us!

Truly incomprehensible. Truly amazing.

Several weeks ago, my family took another spontaneous one night camping trip to Deception Pass State Park [Bowman Bay]. The weather was stunning [80s] and in the evening, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen the skies so clear and the stars so bright in the Seattle/Puget Sound area. Eventually, the wife and kids went to bed in the tent but I couldn’t stop gazing at the stars. Just shaking my head, eyes swelled with tears, and simply amazed by the majesty and glory of God.

I recently saw this video and was once more stunned by the sheer beauty of all the creatures and fishes and subsequently, the majesty of God and His creation.  I was also struck by the metaphor of the BOX [the big fish tank] that is created to “capture” creation.  And yet, how we sometimes make the mistake of putting God in a box or in admiring the created order, miss the bigger picture of the ultimate Creator.

Sometimes, there are no words. You’re simply compelled to worship the Living God…

Do yourself a favor:

Crank up your speakers and watch this Video on FULL-SCREEN. [love the fact that the music is from Barcelona, a local band here in Seattle that’s also played at our music venue]

After watching this video, I was reminded of Psalm 8:

1 O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
above the heavens.
2 From the lips of children and infants
you have ordained praise [b]
because of your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.

3 When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,

4 what is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?

5 You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings [c]
and crowned him with glory and honor.

6 You made him ruler over the works of your hands;
you put everything under his feet:

7 all flocks and herds,
and the beasts of the field,

8 the birds of the air,
and the fish of the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.

9 O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

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4 Responses

  1. a reluctant blogger says:

    “I don’t try to imagine a God; it suffices to stand in awe of the structure of the world, insofar as it allows our inadequate senses to appreciate it.”
    Albert Einstein

    I was hoping to find another quote that I read some time ago about our participation in the acts of miraculous things is to feel awe and wonder, but I can’t track it down.

    Cool to hear you are having some big spiritual experience, E.

    While reading this, I was kind of hoping you would go further with “God walked amongst us!”

    It would have been a great tie-in to your recent entry of your own _Achilles’_heel_.

    “He rises again! He has risen from the half-court!”

  2. nourisha says:

    i see this and i think of the india arie song God is real. i don’t know how people can deny Him when they see His creation. and then i can’t help but think how awesome He is that He took the time to create it all. every creature unique and beautiful and full of purpose. our God is great and although it’s an understatement, it’s one of the best ways to describe Him.

  3. I am thinking of another verse, it’s found in Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands..
    But yeah, Psalm 8 says it all..
    I’m glad I stumbled upon this site, I can tell that you are so much in love with God. And I agree with you in everything you said about God. He is truly AWESOME!

  4. Dave Bennett says:

    Eugene,

    I have long been a fan of your blog, and don’t want to misdirect any readers, that the tone of your article is one of praise and also one of mystery.

    So it is with reluctance that I say, that I am confused by the terms of this post, it’s invocation of an infinitely uncomprehensible creator be relayed in imaginative human language. And really would like to clear it up. I’ve been a student of philosophical theology for quite sometime now, and have recently taken to integrating the two more wholeheartedly.

    Is there a chance I could interview you about the use of philosophy and theology in your Church and also on a completely separate note, interview you about the use of social media marketing with your organization? It would have to be over the phone, since I live in Chicago.

    Sincerely,

    –Dave Bennett

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Will we still be faithful?
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The death toll rises to over 400 and over 7,000 injured in multiple cities and hundreds of villages along the Western border with Iraq.

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