Oct. 19, 2022

TO WONDER

TO WONDER

 

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty,

Who was, and is, and is to come.”

Revelation 4:8

 

 Do you ever wonder what is going in the grass that is under your feet? The marvel of the insect world, the harmony and shared existence of tiny but extensive root systems, and the marvel of understanding how a dead seed is embraced into the welcoming arms of the waiting soil where it receives a new life in which it can grow and thrive. I am amazed at the phenomenon of nature made by our Creator God.

 Or do you ever wonder in amazement when you look at the starry sky overhead on a clear dark night.The night sky dotted with glowing orbs of light thousands of miles away in space that share with us the light of their existence, how humans can use them to as gifts of grace to maneuver through the night, and the number of universes that lie above and yet only the earth was made as a home just for us by our Creator. I do.

 Or have you ever beheld the beauty of the stately aged trees of the field when they are bathed in the late afternoon golden sunlight? Each tree is clothed in their unique coat of many colors, and while their branches sway harmoniously to the rhythms of the wafting wind that plays amongst them. Their leaves clap in joyful praise to the glory of their Creator. In them, the birds build a nest, the squirrels find a home, and we humans marvel at God’s handiwork. They manage the changing seasons of life without a complaint. Oh, if those wooden elders could talk! They have been around for generations. What a story they could tell about the good old days. Yes, I admit that I love gazing wonderingly at these masterpieces of nature.

 Or as the old hymn goes: “And when I think that God His Son not sparing sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in – that on the cross my burden gladly bearing, He bled and died to take away my sin." My only response is to marvel at God’s mercy and to sing with love and gratitude “O Lord, my God how great thou art!”

 Today, I invite you to make and take to time to quiet your hectic soul and reflect upon the goodness of our God in your life.  The forgiveness Christ of our sin, His mercy shown, His faithfulness to us, His patience with us, and His undeserved blessings to us are truly a fascinating marvel to behold.

 To marvel at God is to worship and praise Him from not just from the top of our head, but the bottom of our heart. Appreciate afresh the miracle of God’s Holy Spirit living with you that brings the intimacy of our Creator to you. Rejoice that as a beloved disciple of Christ, the life of Jesus has been opened up and made accessible for us to share in.

 Such worshipful reflection is beneficial to the health of our soul. An X-ray, CAT scan, MRI, or Ultrasound show images of the inners depths of our body, those places hidden from sight. It is only when we hold these images up to the light to behold them, that we reveal the depth of our inner being. Likewise, as we hold our soul to the Light that Jesus brings can we ever truly appreciate His inner workings to conform us to His image.

 It is a wonder of spiritual transformation to behold, to experience, and to be thankful for. To wonder about such marvels of God is much better than wandering along lost in a troubled world.

 As always, see you next time and have a great day!