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EXPLORATION 8 Transcendent Moments

The Mighty One, God the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth. —Ps. 50:1-2

Heart’s desire is reflected in transcendent moments, which come in all shapes and sizes.

Homemade Mac-n-Cheese
True friends
Canadian geese darkening the afternoon sky
Healing from cancer
Cuddling a newborn in a flannel delivery room blanket
Peering at the earliest stars through the James Webb Space Telescope
Salmon returning thousands of miles to the stream where they were “born”
Uncontrollable laughter
Stained glass windows at Sainte-Chapelle in Paris
A toddler dancing in a dragon costume
A Mozart concerto
Banff National Park
Watching the final out as your team clinches the World Series

Having lost our original created perfection, we are left constantly searching for wholeness. Transcendent moments of wonder awaken us from our dullness. And while our taste of beauty, mystery, and belonging is pleasing, we always want more. We want the perfect, permanent fulfillment of beauty, mystery, and belonging.

The longing for “something more” is our heart’s desire pointing us toward Home, to God alone who can satisfy us.


In what ways do you experience a longing for completion, for “something more”?