A few years ago the news included the announcement of a previously undiscovered huge cave in Vietnam. The country of Vietnam is known for some of the world’s most amazing caves. This cave called Hang Son Doong is large enough to hold a block of New York City skyscrapers and has its own river, jungle and clouds. At least that is what explorers know so far as the end of this particular underground world remains unknown.
Perhaps the biggest marvel in this kind of discovery is that they have gone so long unknown to the world. Humanity has run all about the planet, and there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot that hasn’t been found. But in fact, there is much left to be discovered in many different areas of science, health, the humanities, and so on. Even as important as all these are, they are dwarfed by our need to discover ever more – the great heart and love of God.
How do we come to find such things of God? The willingness to explore opens the door. We can begin by observing the marvels and design and realities of the Creation. These speak in a voluminous roar of His greatness and love. We can continue by unfolding the Map (The Bible) which details His plans and purposes in the greatest love story ever told. We can invite the Guide (The Holy Spirit) to lead us on, further and still further into the vastness of His uncontainable love. (See Rom 8:31-39)
The Bible says of all these mysteries and revelations – “God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.” (1 Cor 2:10-12) We need what God has given us to discover what He wants to reveal to us.
Hang Son Doong, as spectacular as it may be, is just a small parable of how much there is to be known of God, and how much more there is to be discovered. And another exciting aspect for you and I is that with our heart and life offered up to Him, how much more He can make Himself known to us, in us, and through us. Our influence on our world could be much larger than that cave. That puts us smack dab in the middle of a great adventure, but do we realize that?
The Apostle Paul prays thusly: “For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height – to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge: that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Eph 3:14-19)
Have you discovered the great heart and love of God?