Today’s Word: WONDER
Today’s Time of Stillness: 6 minutes
“Tell of His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples.” – Psalm 96:3
The moon was full and bright as I drove home the other evening. It was beautiful and lit up the darkness with a silvery calm. I knew the super moon was to happen later that night, but I didn’t go back out to see it; I thought I had seen most of what there was to see… until pictures showed up on Facebook the next morning. Wow! It was far more spectacular than I could ever have imagined!
In Isaiah 7:14, King Ahaz was promised a sign.
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: Behold a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call his name Immanuel.”
It was a promise that God would take care of Ahaz’ enemies. But Ahaz could not wrap his head around what he could not yet see; he could not imagine what God could do and so he put his trust in the Assyrians instead.
Mary received a word as well.
“Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.”
And she embraced what she could not imagine.
Ahaz trapped himself in a box limited to what he thought he knew. Mary allowed wonder to fill her spirit and open up possibilities for her life that she could never create on her own.
God still gives us signs inviting us to wonder. The expanse of the stars in the night sky. The joy on the face of a child. The beauty of a snow fall. The details of a flower or a thumbprint. The unconditional love and slobber of a puppy. The kindness of a stranger.
The question is whether or not we will stop and notice them, and allow ourselves to be filled with wonder. Wonder about the God who gives us glimpses of his magnificent handiwork. Wonder about what possibilities he might be working in us and in the world even now.
Embrace wonder this Advent. Don’t miss the super moon because you think you’ve seen most of what there is to see.