Captivated is defined as “to attract and hold the attention or interest of, as by beauty or excellence; enchant.
When you think about being captivated by something or someone, you are mesmerized and in awe of what you see and feel. Nothing else around you matters! Your focus is on the object that put you into an awe state.
Imagine yourself laying on the beach and the sun is setting. The waves are crashing in, and you hear the birds singing in the wind. You stare into the sky watching it turn beautiful colors – green, blue, purple, pink. You watch as the sun lowers towards the ocean, and you see the sun’s reflection coming off the water. You become mesmerized by the scene in front of you. It is so beautiful it doesn’t seem real. You are in a dream-like state! You are in awe, and you feel overwhelming peace surrounding you. You slowly inhale and exhale to fully take in the serene moment. You feel a longing to never leave that place. Nothing else matters in that moment! You are captivated by unexplainable beauty. God’s beauty!
Now, imagine yourself in a quiet place with God. It can be in your home, in your church, or even in your car. You have your eyes closed, and your breathing is slow and steady. There are no distractions. It is only you and God in that moment. You start singing a soft hymn/worship song to the Lord. You begin to feel His presence all around you. You are captivated by His touch, His love…His presence. You are overtaken by who God is in that very moment. You start crying in His presence, and you fall to your knees. You want to be wrapped up in the presence of God. There is no other place you want to be. You are in a precious moment with Jesus! You crave more of Him! You never want to leave this place. All you want to do is sit in God’s presence and soak up everything you can in that moment. You are captivated by God’s love! You are captivated by Him!
In Psalm 27, verse 4, it says that God is beautiful: “to gaze upon the beauty [the delightful loveliness and majestic grandeur] of the Lord.” The sunset at the beach and spending time in God’s presence can be described with such beauty. God made the sunset for us to see beautiful things here on earth, to see His creation first-hand. God made worship beautiful and intimate with Him! These two things that I described above are real, and we need to not take them for granted. We need to see how God sees! We need to feel like God feels! We need to be constantly in His presence!
When was the last time you spent time with God? When was the last time you allowed God to overwhelm you with His presence? Have you ever experienced His love? This week, I encourage you to take time out of your busy schedule to sit in God’s presence. To feel His love that He has for you each and every day! To feel His touch to know that He is near you! It is the most captivating moment you could ever experience!