Yesterday morning I met with a group of women for our yearly adventures in Bible study together. It is SUCH a blessing and wonderful thing to spend all Tuesday mornings with these women. I’m usually one of the youngest in the class, this year looks to be no different, and I’d not have it any other way! This is where I find some of the most amazing older women I know, chances for mentorship, guidance, and accountability in my life, and friends who have been pursuing God’s truth longer than I’ve been alive!
It was so good to see them again after this Summer’s break, and to learn about what we’d be studying this Fall – the deliberate pondering of all the intricacies of God’s wonder, and how to “fight back with joy.”
THE WONDER OF GOD: A MOMENT OF SPIRITUAL AWAKENING THAT MAKES US CURIOUS TO KNOW GOD MORE.
We talked extensively about what makes us wonderstruck – the beauty of nature, the incredible feelings of joy when we cuddle with our children, or those special moments when someone speaks such truth in our life, that we are taken aback with it’s beauty and power. The moments that feel like a little bit of Heaven on earth, that make us desire to have more of God – to be curious about Him because of the glimpse of beauty we saw or felt.
When we were on our vacation, it was hard to get up in time to see the sunrise over the ocean, especially with the late nights spent swimming or on the beach – or the feedings with the baby that interrupted the night’s sleep – but each time we managed it, it was always immeasurably worth the difficulty! The beauty of seeing the sunrise over the ocean was just breathtaking, but we had to be intentional about seeking out that wonder, or otherwise we’d have gone the whole trip and never known what we’d missed. If we’d slept a little longer, the encounter with God, being wholly captivated by His beautiful character displayed in nature, would have been lost.
God is full of wonder, in fact, we found that His Name is Wonderful… literally, full of wonders.
Sunrises happen all the time, and people who live in beautiful places may grow accustomed to the constant display of wonder, and begin to take the chances to experience God through nature for granted. We all do it, all the time. Every time that I’m annoyed at my children instead of taking the moment to appreciate the gifts they are, or every time I pass by glorious displays of God’s beauty in my surroundings because I’m too busy or distracted to notice, these are chances missed to embrace God’s awe.
Sometimes we can harden our hearts towards God’s captivating wonders in life, relying on science and technology, agnosticism or atheism to guide us through. Life, with it’s trials, succeeds in hardening our hearts; nothing can more quickly take away joy than experiencing great heartache, pain, or the bottomless feelings of depression. It’s interesting to me that in the latter part of our study, we’ll be focusing on using Joy as a weapon against such things.
And for insignificant purposes… today I turn 29!!!! I was reminded last night when filling in my gratitude acknowledgment for the day, how wonderful it is to have my two boys. They are both such perfect gifts, and it is only that more obvious on my birthday, that they are treasures sent from Heaven. ❤
Here’s to another year full of embracing and chasing the wonders of God, and learning how to fight back with Joy.