“God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure” (Ephesians 1:9, NLT).

In the course of a day, I find many moments of pleasure, beginning first thing in the morning: my first cup of tea, the cool, quiet minutes before my day starts, the sun lighting up the hills near our home. Experiencing pleasure, which is enjoyment or delight, is unique to humans and comes from God. He’s given us this capacity, hopefully leading to gratitude for all we’ve received.

Our capacity for pleasure is minuscule compared to God’s. Can you imagine the pleasure he feels as he surveys his creation? But it seems his biggest pleasure is his plan to bring everything together in Christ (verse 10). It’s what all of creation has been waiting for, the here but not yet here reality of God’s kingdom on earth. As we participate in the life of Father, Son and Spirit, we also get to share in his pleasure as we anticipate the fulfillment of his plan.