2015-12-31 - Reviving Wonder
This set of passages was from the devotions I read from last night. It touches on a topic that has come up more than once to me in the last week. The question asked - has our faith become so familiar that it no longer amazes us?
This is not a new question, and is one that we should visit periodically. Has our understanding of Christianity become so commonplace, or been overwhelmed by the day-to-day rush, or been frustrated or severely challenged that we are shaken?
If you are surprised at the question it happens to even very well grounded believers. If you are in the middle of it, it does not mean that God has left you. Don't be fooled by feelings. (v8) Take a deep breath.
Sometimes the Lord speaks directly to our hearts or minds encouragement or direction. Sometimes it comes from a friend, a complete stranger, or something we read that challenges us. This might happen in our morning or evening devotions.
I have mentioned one example of wonder in the past that I may never forget in this lifetime. I went out well after dark with a friend to see a comet that was passing so close to the Earth that the tail was supposed to fill the sky. When we looked it was a clear bright streak in the sky, but far from filling the sky. We looked and talked for about five minutes and my friend drew my attention away and we talked for about 20-25 minutes. He stopped and looked up and I followed suit. The difference was staggering and breathtaking.
The number of visible stars had multiplied many times over. The corona surrounding the head of the comet was enormous. It indeed filled the sky with soft white light and my mind and heart with wonder. We stood watching, pointing and talking for at least a half hour if not longer. Our eyes became more and more adjusted to the night and the sky filled with points of light I had not seen for too many years.
I was refreshed. My heart was full of praise and thanks. Something like this needs to shake us periodically. Listen to a sermon - mind and ears open. Read a book the same way. Really listen to what people have to say, and find time for God alone regularly - not routinely - in 2016.
Happy New Year! Selah.
Lord Jesus - Thank You for all your support and the people You have put into my path for my benefit. Thank You for putting me in the path of others to help and encourage them. Thank You for always being at my right hand both in my wins and my losses, in my obedience and my stumbles. Guide us to have open eyes, ears, hearts and minds to hear what You have to teach us, or to share with us. Help us see how amazing You are again. We love you and thank you, Lord. Amen.
Grace & Peace,
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.