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Wonder...a sense of wonder. Isn't that where we all end up when we
consider our God, His creation, the works of His mighty hand?

I once had an office mate at work with whom I did this wondering out
loud. One day I was talking about one thing in particular that I wondered
about when she suddenly burst out with, "Bill, you just wonder TOO MUCH!"

Too much? Am I not supposed to wonder, or had I crossed some maximum
threshold and boldly gone where no man has gone before?


Keywords:
inspiration,encouragement


Article Body:
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Wonder...a sense of wonder. Isn't that where we all end up when we
consider our God, His creation, the works of His mighty hand?

I once had an office mate at work with whom I did this wondering out
loud. One day I was talking about one thing in particular that I wondered
about when she suddenly burst out with, "Bill, you just wonder TOO MUCH!"

Too much? Such a thought had never crossed my mind before! Am I not
supposed to wonder, or had I crossed some maximum threshold and boldly
gone where no man had gone before?

I console myself with a line I once read or heard which, unfortunately, I
can't attribute to any learned source-- either secular or Biblical. It
goes something like, "The highest state to which man can ascend is a
state of wonder." Sounds good to me, and certainly gives credence to my
natural tendency to speculate.

Of course, I've used the word wonder in two ways here: to express
curiosity, which is where I start, and to be marveled and astonished,
which is where I end up each time. But thinking about our God and His
creation; how He works and has worked; what the promise of eternal life
in His presence does give us cause to wonder. How awesome is our God!

(Okay, I used the word awesome--which I try not to do, but if it can't be
used in this instance when CAN it be used?)

And to get from that first "curiosity" to that final "astonishment"
doesn't always require thinking about the "nature of the universe" or
"what will Heaven be like?", either. It's not even necessary for me to
look at creation or miracles to attain that state. It happens when I
consider His nature---His grace, His forgiveness, and His incredible
love. I can get there in a flash when I think about His love for me.

Consider the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32). If you want to
get yourself in a state of awe concerning God, I challenge you to read
that story again and then really meditate on what's going on there. The
father is waiting and watching for the son to return. When the son is
sighted, the father RUNS to greet him. The father pays no attention to
the son's explanations and suggestions. The son is welcomed back as if
from the dead. How awesome is our God who would do that with us! And
consider the father's expression of love toward the son who did not
wander but who also did not realize who he already was and what he always
had.

I've read this story many times, heard many sermons and other references
to it and yet, when I read it again and really meditate on it I'm blown
away.

There's another song from Watermark I want to share with you. It speaks
of God's great love, how we often take it for granted, and how it strikes
us again and again each time we realize we have "No Idea" how great is
His love for us right now nor how it will be to stand in His presence and
see Him face to face. Look at the lyrics below.

No Idea (by Christy Nockels of Watermark)

God so holy and true
I am captured by You
And all of the things You do
Things too wonderful for me
Things that set this heart free
It's all such a mystery

Oh, God, sometimes it's like I see it
For the first time
Oh God, sometimes I realize...

That I really have no idea, no idea
It feels like coming home every time I'm near You
No idea, no idea
Yours is a love so true and amazing
There's so much of You
I really have no idea.

And when I think about the day
When all else will fade away
Where are the words to say?
Is there a way to describe looking in Your eyes?
When I see the mystery, oh God,
Can't imagine seeing You for the first time
Oh God, I know I'll realize

That I really have no idea, no idea
Great is the love that's given me forever
No idea, no idea
Yours is a love so true and amazing
There's so much of You I really have no idea

No idea, no idea
You know I can't comprehend You
Or fully understand
But I trust Your heart
You're who You say You are
I believe I believe with all that is in me

No idea,   no idea
It feels   like coming home every time I'm near you
No idea,   no idea
Great is   the love that's given me forever
I really   have no idea, no idea, no idea
Yours is   a love so true and amazing


Practice His presence today. Spend time expressing your love for Him,
thanking Him for His unbelievable love for you. Acknowledge to Him that
you often have "no idea" how "great is the love that's given you
forever."

Love,
Brother Bill

				
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