On a Lord’s Day afternoon I think upon William Wordsworth’s (1770-1850) Intimations of Immortality as I listen to Gerald Finzi’s wonderful musical accompaniment (performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir). Having once walked upon the sun-kissed hills and alongside the sky-mirrored waters of the Lake District of England, I am both taken back to those beautiful scenes and transported to the vignettes of heaven that I have encountered, like the poet, in childhood days gone by. What an incomparably lovely Savior to come to us as children and to give us glimpses of heaven in our play, in our mothers’ kisses, and our fathers’ smiles, and in the God-blessed places that we transform into our enchanted worlds. What other religion causes poets to write like this or musicians to compose or choirs to sing?
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end” (Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV).
“O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out” (Romans 11:33 KJV).