July 2019

Awe and Wonder

I’m sitting on the balcony of our condo on Dauphin Island overlooking the Gulf beach, and I am mindful that His creation declares His glory. The existence of all this beauty speaks of His wonder and majesty as nothing else can. The symphony of crashing waves, crying seagulls, and roaring wind echoes through the universe with one magnificent theme: To God be the glory, great things He has done! He says of Himself in the epic discourse with Job,

Who shut in the sea with doors,
When it burst forth and issued from the womb;
When I made the clouds its garment,
And thick darkness its swaddling band;
When I fixed My limit for it,
And set bars and doors;
When I said,
‘This far you may come, but no farther,
And here your proud waves must stop!’” (Job 38:8-11 NKJV)

I am small on the edge of a vast ocean, and strangely I find this comforting. I am stilled and listening for the voice of my Creator, who knew me before the foundation of the world and who called me by name. “Be still,” He says. “And know that I am God.”

I long for a greater capacity to be awed, to be filled with wonder. Childlike wonder so easily believes what it does not understand, without the need to make reasonable sense of a thing. The world teaches us to assess, weigh, measure and conclude. We learn to equate awe and wonder with ignorance or foolishness. But what if wonder is the wise fruit of humility? What if you and I start noticing the world around us rather than assessing the world around us? What might we witness that declares His glory?!

Join me this week in a pursuit of wonder through worship. Spend time beholding Him in His creation and in His word. Read Job 38-42, that’s a chapter a day for five days, and journal your wonderings, your prayers and your praises. God be with you.