Well, here we are in the Northeast, and other than a few "crazy" polar bear plunge folks, the beach and the waves will have to wait! For others, enjoying a nice summer's walk in the mountains, or hiking to a solitary place to look out over the valley is most rewarding. Or on a clear night, looking up to the stars, and being thrilled by a shooting star, we find ourselves amazed!
Why? Why are we amazed?
Why are we drawn to things that are so grand? We certainly would be foolish if we walked away from the ocean and felt like we were the magnificent one. Sadly, we live in a day where we actually think that the greatest view is looking in a mirror at ourselves, and when the wrinkles appear, and the eyelids droop, we despair, and we are at a loss to find joy and true satisfaction in life.
“The really wonderful moments of joy in this world are not the moments of self-satisfaction, but self-forgetfulness. Standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon and contemplating your own greatness is pathological. At such moments we are made for a magnificent joy that comes from outside ourselves.”
― John Piper, Don't Waste Your Life
Our greatest joy will only come from getting to know Him Who is truly magnificent, the One Who made the ocean, the mountains, and Who placed the stars in the sky. God's Awesomeness stands alone. And Yet in all of His magnificence, He clothed Himself with frail humanity. "The Word became flesh, and made His dwelling among us."
Life was not given to us to show how magnificent we are, but to explore, and show forth how magnificent God is. That is why we were created in His image.