Monday, September 21, 2015

Our God - Full of Wonder

I have been thinking about a lot of things these days,

and I have come to this conclusion...

I hope there are pictures.

Because there are some things I missed that I would love to see.

I want to know what it looked like to see the twinkle in Eve’s eyes before sin took away the delight of innocence.

What was it like to look down on the earth when it was covered with water, and only the ark rested on the surface.

And what was the scene when Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego stood alone?

Alone, amidst a crowd of people with bowed backs and knees bent?

I wonder who and what Daniel prayed about?  

What activity went on in that den of lions the night Daniel was thrown into it?
Were the angels there armed with swords drawn and were the lions prowling about?
Or were those wild beasts sitting and purring at his feet, calmed by the presence of God’s messengers?

I want to see the earnest expression on the face of Hannah in prayer, and the change of expression on Eli’s face as he realized his error in judgment for the reason behind her behavior.

And I wonder what the scene was like when Elijah introduced his servant to the army of angels that were surrounding them, ready to take up the fight, and what exactly did that army look like?

Then Elijah prayed and said, O Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.  (2 Kings 6:17 NASB)

I would love to see the handwriting of God.
Besides the tablets of stone, how did his writing look when it was drawn out by His finger in the sand?

Yeshua bent down and began writing in the dust with his finger  (John 8:6 CJB)

What was it like to witness over a million men, women and children with livestock and possessions as they crossed a sea of water on dry land? What expressions were on their faces?

And what was the expression on Abraham’s face with his knife in his hand preparing for sacrifice, to hear the voice of the angel telling him to stop? And Isaac's reaction?

There are other things I would like to know. Things that can't be captured by a camera.

For instance, what did it feel like to walk barefoot in a garden created by God?

And what was that night like for those shepherds in the fields near Bethlehem as they stood surrounded by sheep with a sky that was filled with angels?

And what did their song sound like?

Were the sheep silenced by the grandeur?

Was there a stunned silence after the angels left them?

What was the reaction of the worshipers when the glory of God filled the house of God?

How does manna taste?

On the night of the Passover, did they trust God enough to ever take their eyes off their first born sons?

I am more certain than ever that I serve a God of wonder.

God who did these amazing things in the past is doing amazing things in the present.

Just ask anyone who has been caught up in a child's laughter or a child captivated by an ant, or a rainbow, or a dandelion.

Ask the doctor who can see no sign of the disease he was certain would still be there.

Look for it in a sunrise or sunset, a mountain top or a rich lush valley.  His wonders are everywhere.

In the hurry and worry that is all around us in this life, we can forget that the God who loves us is the same God who stilled the storms and healed the lepers.

We only need to be still to see His wonder surrounding us.
I know however, that there will be times when it seems that He is not involved in the happenings of our lives at all. 

Those times when the pain is great and the evil seems to be moving unshackled.

I know at those times it is easy to wonder where He is and what He is doing.

But I also know that He is doing. 

Take Esther for example.

This little book records a time when the annihilation of the Jewish people looked like a done deal.

Signed, sealed and just about delivered.

God seemed silent.  Absent even.

But He was not only present, He was doing.
He was moving.

He brought specific people into specific places to bring about a great rescue. 

Now there was a certain Jew at the palace named Mordecai... (Esther 2:5 TLB)

A coincidence? Not hardly.

God's name does not appear once in the whole book.

But our God... He is there.

And He is moving, He is doing and He is always working wonders.

He did then, and He is now.


Who else is like the Lord among the gods? Who is glorious in holiness like Him? 
Who is so awesome in splendor, 
A wonder-working God?  
(Exodus 15:11 TLB)


What wonders trigger your imagination about the God we serve? Our God of all wonders?

How have you seen Him move on your behalf?

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