It’s “Wonder- Full!”

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In our gathering at church yesterday, I was privileged to baptize 2 people. Those moments were ‘wonderful’ to me. Some may have just seen 2 guys dunked in a tank of water. I ‘saw’ a moment when heaven and earth intersected, when we acted out the ‘burial’ of the ‘old’ and anticipated the resurrection of the new, when what was perishing was divinely infused with forever life!  Can I explain it? No.  It is just ‘wonder -ful.”

On this Monday morning, let me encourage you to remember to ‘’wonder.”  Let yourself be surprised by something beautiful, feel a surge of admiration for someone or something.  Replace the sigh with a wow! In the Psalms (the Bible’s song book) the word “wonder” appears often.  Why? Because wonder leads to worship“Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced, O descendants of Israel his servant, O sons of Jacob, his chosen ones.” (1 Chronicles 16:10-13, NIV)

Being a practical person, wonder is not often my first response to life.  I approach situations, people, and experiences in a manner that is functional. But, I work on recovering my sense of wonder. Even though I highly value things that get the job done, whatever that may be, I know that there must be time to see the sunset, hug a child, really listen to a song. My practicality is trait that helps me to plow through a lot of work. However, when I am too focused on ‘work’  I often miss the bigger picture of life and, yes, I let duty overtake delight.

We all to hit the pause button so we can enjoy the pleasure found  ‘in the moment.‘  God has painted the world with beauty that exists for no other purpose than to provide delight.  How else can we explain the plumage of peacock, the explosion of colors in a field of wild flowers?  Worship and wonder are closely related.

There is a dryness in the practice of Christianity that comes from reducing worship to theological concepts and empty liturgy, hurrying through the forms without allowing for the Spirit to touch us, trying to make the ‘wonder-full’ truths that the Bible tells us in the stories of the works of God into neat packages of doctrine. Too many Christians do not have much time for mystery these days. Their faith is all about pulling apart Scripture texts, and finding proofs!  I fear we are in danger of killing the very thing we strive to admire.  It is like trying to appreciate an exquisite animal by dissecting it on an autopsy table!  If we ask only – “How does it work? What is the benefit to me?” we will not experience the Spirit ‘that blows as He wills.’  Let us not reduce our discipleship to a system of principles that help us find marginally better lives. There is awe; there is mystery that God allows to exist around us which we can only appreciate if we will allow ourselves to wonder.

Recover the wonder! It will cause you to serve God with more passion, to love Him more deeply.

Here is a word from the Word.  Lord, fill us with wonder. May our hearts become quiet with awe as we ponder the measure of Your work.
” God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand. I’m an open book to you; even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking. You know when I leave and when I get back; I’m never out of your sight. You know everything I’m going to say before I start the first sentence. I look behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there, too— your reassuring presence, coming and going. This is too much, too wonderful— I can’t take it all in!  …

Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! ” (Psalm 139:1-6, 13-14, The Message)

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More Than Wonderful

He promised us that He would be a Counselor
A Mighty God and a Prince of Peace
He promised us that He would be a Father
And He would love us with a love
That would not cease

Well I tried Him and I found His promises are true
He’s ev’rything He said that He would be
The finest words I know could not begin to tell
Just what Jesus really means to me

For He’s more wonderful than my mind can conceive
He’s more wonderful than my heart can believe
He goes beyond my highest hopes
And fondest dreams

He’s ev’rything that my soul ever longed for
Ev’rything that He promised and so much more
He’s more than amazing more than marvelous
More than miraculous could ever be
He’s more than wonderful
That’s what Jesus is to me

I stand amazed when I think the King of glory
Would come to live within the heart of man
I marvel just to know He really loves me
When I think of who He is and who I am

He’s ev’rything that my soul ever longed for
Ev’rything that He promised and so much more
He’s more than amazing more than marvelous
More than miraculous could ever be
He’s more than wonderful more than wonderful
That’s what Jesus means to me

Lanny Wolfe © 1982 Lanny Wolfe Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

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