I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all your wonderful deeds. (ESV)
When was the last time you stopped and looked at God in awe?
I remember the first time looking over the Grand Canyon in awesome wonder of the vastness of beauty and mammoth sculpture of natural earth.
I remember meeting my wife for the first time realizing she was the complete answer to a recent prayer and description of the woman I would like to marry.
I remember holding my infant daughter close to my chest immediately after the doctor cut the umbilical cord and eyeing her mom’s large smile of approval while I stared at her tiny fingers and toes.
I also remember standing in the basement of a church member’s house after being baptized as a teenager shaking my head in unbelieving amazement from where I was one year ago and what I just went through – totally amazed at what God can do in a person’s life to change their direction and focus.
And what I remember each day when I meet others and see answers to prayer – God’s handiwork as HE occasionally reveals to me what HE IS doing in the world around us.
Scripture likewise constantly presents situations where people stood back and expressed awe & wonder in what God is doing or has just done.
On that Pentecost when the Holy Spirit made HIS public appearance to start the Church and over 3,000 fellow Jews converted to Christianity.
Moses leading the people out of Egypt after God performs ten miraculous wonders before Pharaoh and the people.
Jesus himself performed miracles and healing and resurrections of life which made all the people wonder at God who was working through HIS ministry. Yes, even when HE was resurrected and changed HIS Jewish followers into committed believers.
If you carefully took the time and reviewed your own life, you would likewise find moments of wonder at the outcome. If young, you may have one or two instances like King David as a seventeen-year-old already killing a bear and lion in defense of his animals and ready to take on Goliath.
And if you have already lived a full life, I’m sure you have subsequently looked back and counted all the dots of how an invisible hand guided you from through the most difficult times till today where you acknowledge your Creator’s graceful commitment to you in full adoration, awe, and wonder.
Isn’t our Incarnate Triune God an awesome and wonderful example of a life to imitate? Thankfully, HE has the patience and mercy to lead and direct rebellious students like me. What about you? What brings awe and wonder into your life?
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