Tens of millions of people were rejoicing with this man last night, and although I am not a “fan” of American Idol, I was rejoicing too.
Seeing the joy in David Cook’s face, I felt joy too. I asked myself, “Why? Why am I happy for this man?” It isn’t because he won a contest, or because he’s going to make a lot of money, or have accolades or prestige, or even get to go to Disney World.
No, it’s because of glory. It’s because a bartender from Missouri had a hidden glory, was “a diamond in the rough,” had talent that even he didn’t realize, and that glory was unveiled for the world to see. We saw David Cook and “idolized” him. We rejoiced in seeing him become the man he was born to be.
Looking at him immediately made me think of what C. S. Lewis wrote years ago in his book The Weight of Glory:
It is a serious thing to live in a society of potential gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations.
So seeing David Cook made me think of heaven. All of us may seem to be a dull and uninteresting bartender at first glance, but in God’s plan there is more, much more. If we are born of God we will one day unveil a glory that God will create in us that will far outshine even an American Idol. One day we will live in a glorious place filled with millions of glorious people transformed by the glory of God. Last night’s show was just the smallest foretaste of what awaits us all in eternity, where we will enjoy each other’s glory as we worship the Source and Giver of all glory, forever and ever. Now THAT’S something that really fills me with joy, today and tomorrow and forever.