This was an amazing day! After days of rain, the sun came out. I went outside and spent the entire day there. With all the rain we had, everything was brilliantly colored. The greens were almost glowing. The lilacs smelled better than the finest perfumes. The irises were bursting with color and the sky was the most beautiful clear blue.
While I weeded the garden and mulched the tomatoes I was listening to my favorite music. While Vivaldi’s Gloria was playing something suddenly changed. A feeling of overwhelming joy came over me. The joy was so intense that I had tears streaming down my cheeks. The sun was warmer, the colors brighter, the scents more intense. I felt like God had taken some of the joy from heaven and poured it over me.
I, and many people, have enjoyed a beautiful spring day and have been inspired by beautiful music and have been awed by God’s great creation. But this time it was different. There was far more than the joy of a nice day. The joy from heaven is so intense that it can’t be simply called joy. Ecstasy does not do it justice. All of the superlatives that our language provides are insufficient. After the intense joy subsided, a wonderful warm glow followed and continued for the rest of the day.
I wish that I could somehow bring a moment like that to every person on earth. If they knew the unbounded joy that comes with the immediate presence and awareness of God, there would be no fighting, no wars, no crime, no sorrow. Perhaps I can help one other person encounter God so closely. I can’t change the world but maybe, just maybe, I can help one or two people experience God.