You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
We like big, don't we? Not big butts necessarily, but big pay-off. Big bang for your buck. That's one of the stumbling blocks we face when we turn from the world's offerings to seek God's face. Until heaven, God's pay-offs are more subtle and often the price we pay doesn't seem to compare to the benefits we receive.
Mankind, buying the counterfeit of the enemy, thinks he can create. So he puts his hand to the process and brings forth loud, bright and big things that tempt our eyes, ears and even our stomachs. Somehow, a large flat screen HD television has become more beautiful than fluffy clouds against a summer's blue sky. A recliner is more comfortable than a hammock under an ancient oak tree. Being served a meal in a restaurant is more satisfying than pulling vegetables from the earth. Blaring music is sweeter than birdsong.
I see it everywhere, the grasping for more more more. And the more we seek, we also want delivered without effort to our doorsteps. We want to be stimulated from without instead of from within. With every generation, there seems to be less wonder in God's majesty. I see the way we push nature back, back and farther back to replace it with something we consider better. Dirt roads are dusty, let us pave. Large new homes are better, let us build more and abandon the old neighborhoods.
I pray that God will make me sensitive and able, for the rest of my life, to be able to sit for hours watching squirrels play in my yard. I pray that I will always love the subtle taste of dirt brushed from strawberries warmed in the sun and eaten from the vine brushed "clean" with my fingers. Let me always love silence.
“I’m bored’ is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless; it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say ‘I’m bored.” ― Louis CK
Don't allow yourself to become hardened to the quiet miracles of God, don't seek after the bigger and the louder and the brighter. Don't you dare get bored. There are endless delights to the one who lives at God's right hand.