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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Grateful for a very full weekend of ministry and preaching in Toronto, Canada (GTA). Such a privilege to partner with @worldvisioncan @wvcollective to advocate for the most vulnerable around the world. God is so gracious. A true honor to meet and encourage local pastors, lecture at Tyndale University & Seminary (photo), and preach at Richmond Hills Community Church, Compass Point Bible Church, and New City Church. Thank you, Lord, that you use broken and imperfect people like me to speak of Your love. Today, Minhee and I dropped off our eldest child at her college. We have been thinking and praying about this day for many years. On some days, we hoped it would never come. On other days, we couldn't wait for it to come. On some days, we prayed for time to stop and other days, we prayed with anticipation. 
After an entire summer of laughing it off, it hit us...hard...this week. Seeing all of her stuff laid out on the basement floor was the catalyst to a load of emotions.

After unloading the car and taking her stuff to her new home for this year and mindful that she might never live with us again; helping sort out her stuff, saying hello to her roommates...I wasn't sure what to do or say.

A flood of thoughts rushed my mind.

Is she ready?
Have we done enough?
Have we taught her enough? 
What if this? What if that?

And so we shared what we have shared with her the moment she began to understand words: "Remember who you are. Remember WHO you belong to. Remember what you're about. God loves you so much. Please hold God's Word and His promises close and dear to your heart. We love you so much and we are so proud of you." And with that, we said goodbye. Even if she may not be thousands of miles away, this is a new chapter for her and even for us. I kept it composed. Her roommate was staring at me. I didn't want to be that father. I have street cred to uphold. Another final hug. 
And I came home.
And I wept.
Forget my street cred.
I miss her. I love her.
She will always be my little baby.

I'm no parenting guru. I just laughed as I wrote that line. No, I'm stumbling and bumbling along but I'd love to share an ephiphany I learned not that long ago. Coming to this realization was incredibly painful but simultaneously, liberating. To be honest, it was the ultimate game-changer in my understanding as a parent seeking after the heart of God.

While there are many methods, tools, philosophies, and biblical principles to parenting, there is – in my opinion – only one purpose or destination.

Our purpose as parents is to eventually…release them. Send forth. For His glory. Met a friend and fellow pastor who I haven't seen in over 20 years. In him, I saw a glimpse of my future. While only 10 years older, his kids are married and he's now a grandfather of 3. His love for his wife and family were so evident and his passion for the Gospel has not wavered. It was so good to see someone a bit older still passionately serving the Lord with such joy and faithfulness. Lord, help me to keep running the race for your Glory. Happy wife.
Happy life. - Eugenius 3:16

I still remember that time, many years ago, when Minhee was pregnant with our first child. She had left her family and friends in Korea just two years before. Her morning sickness was horrible and when she finally had an appetite, she craved her favorite Korean food from certain restaurants in her neighborhood in Seoul, Korea. I had no way of getting that food from those restaurants so I actually said, "How about a Whopper? Big Mac?" Sorry honey. Eat away. You deserve it. I don't care if it sounds mushy but sunsets are one of my love languages. Seoul, Korea was amazing but WOW...what a breathtaking welcome back sunset by Seattle. Not ready to let go of summer. Seattle. 7:00pm. Desperately holding on to summer. #goldengardenpark #nofilter

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