Last weekend our family went to the Lowell Spinners Game. What a venue!!! I highly recommend taking one in as it is such fun for the entire family. While sitting in the bleachers, it began to drizzle a bit & then suddenly this is what was behind us:
Amazing! No matter how many times I have seen one, a rainbow has never ceased to amaze me. Tonight in thinking back on it, I have come to realize that many in our world have lost their sense of wonder. God has created much for our enjoyment. But more so, for us to reverence Him & stand in awe of WHO He is & that He has chosen to dwell among us, in us.
“I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders. I will be glad & rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.” (Psalm 9:1,2 NIV).
There is an interesting word in that verse – wonders – it means, “to separate, distinguish; to do wonderful things.” It is “used primarily with God as the subject, denoting the fact that He does things which are beyond the bounds of human powers or expectations.” (Key Word Study Bible, Old Testament Lexical Aids #7098).
God is doing things all around us that are beyond what we can do as people or can expect. Point blank – He is wanting to stun us, surprise us, open our eyes to Who He is. These amazing acts are meant to separate Him or distinguish Him from all others in our hearts & minds.
I read this story tonight….
“Several years before his death, a remarkable rabbi, Abraham Joshua Heschel, suffered a near-fatal heart attack. His closest male friend was at his bedside. Heshel was so weak that he was only able to whisper. “Sam,” he said, “I feel only gratitude for my life, for every moment I have lived. I am ready to go. I have seen so many miracles during my lifetime.” The old rabbi was exhausted by his effort to speak. After a long pause, he said, “Never once in my life did I ask God for success or wisdom or power of fame. I asked for wonder, and He gave it to me.”(As told in “The Ragamuffin Gospel”, page 89).
May we do the same, ask for wonder. Ask Him to stir up our hearts so that we will once again feel wonder. In asking, He will show up. May we have eyes to see those wondrous things that only He can do!
“Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.” (Habakkuk 3:2 NIV).