Hi everyone, Rob here. We’ve just got back from a 4 day road trip down to Wellington andback. While the trip had many highlights, including catching up with good friends and some family time, the stand-out for me was the beauty of God’s creation. From the beautiful view over Wellington Harbour to the snow covered mountains of the Central Plateau, the beauty of God’s handiwork was evident, aided by the backdrop of clear, sunny, winter days. The reaction of my heart to all this divine beauty was simply Wonder.
Wonder is an integral part of the Christian faith. In fact, I increasingly see it as foundational to a life of faith. If we don’t gaze at God in awe then it is likely that we have made him too small. As Reggie Joiner has said, “If you can understand everything about God, you will never have a God who’s bigger than your understanding.” Amen to that! Of course, our wonder at all that God has done goes beyond creation, majestic as it is. It’s the fact that this really big, beautiful, majestic God came down to earth as a breast-suckling baby, as a tradesman, as The Word who “became flesh and made his dwelling among us”, as the One who would die for us, simply because “God so loved the world.” I don’t know about you but that makes me bow the knee and worship in wonder at a God so majestic and yet so relentless in his pursuit of me, of us.
The beauty in creation and the beauty of the incarnation all come from the same heart of God. He is love. He creates out of love; he rescues us out of love; he gives us his Spirit out of love and he will come again out of love. It is the opening of our hearts to God’s beautiful and relentless love that cultivates wonder in our lives. Hearts that are cold and hard do not possess wonder, but hearts that have been made new live in child-like wonder as they are offered up to God with thankfulness and awe.
So I invite you today to slow down and give thanks. Offer up your heart again to the God of Wonders who loves you and gives you his beauty and his life. Ask for the eyes of your heart to be enlightened that you may see your life with wonder-full lenses. In the words of Paul in Ephesians 3:17-19, “I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”