Invitation Into Wonder


The secret of waiting is the faith that the seed has been planted, that something has begun. Active waiting means to be present fully to the moment, in the conviction that something is happening where you are and that you want to be present to it. A waiting person is someone who is present to the moment, who believes that this moment is the moment.

–Henri Nouwen

We know that ‘something has begun’. We know that one long-ago night in Bethlehem changed the course of eternity for each of us. We know the deepest of mysteries – God came to dwell with men – and we hold an extraordinary truth…the Holy Spirit dwells within us as we wait for the coming of Christ to earth again.

And yet we lose sight of it all. In the routine, in the busy hours, in complacency – we hear and we speak marvels like they are commonplace. We have heard the story of God coming down to walk among us so many times that familiarity dulls our hearing.

I don’t want in-one-ear-and-out-of-the-other hearing and blurry-seen-it-all-before vision this year as we celebrate the Savior’s birth. I want to pay attention. I do not want to lose wonder.

Because Jesus humbling Himself to meet us where we are…that is a wonder, a marvel, a miracle. His birth began a new Day for all of us. It is astonishing that we, who did nothing to earn it, can come into the presence of God. We are called His children, lavishly loved – and that is nothing less than amazing.

I do not want to lose the wonder of it all because that will mean I have forgotten how marvelous He is, how holy, how boundless in power and love…and how breath-taking it is that He knows my name.

God is beyond our comprehension, awesomely mysterious, and yet…He knows every tear we cry, every sparrow that falls, every hair on our heads. King of Kings, Creator of all – He gave Himself to us. He loves us.

Do we yet begin to understand why the angels, night and day, sing holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty? (Rev. 4:8)

Do we yet begin to add our voices to their song?

Every day brings us closer to the Day when He will return, making all things new. There is nothing wasted or ordinary when He is here, with us, as we wait. Every moment is ‘the moment’ if we are willing to share our hearts, our space, our very selves with Him. He who began a good work in us is carrying it on to completion – always, He is actively present in our lives (Phil. 1:6) and I pray that we will actively respond to Him. We have been given the abiding presence of the Most High God…oh, may we never forget to marvel at this gift!

Lord Jesus, may our eyes open to the wonder of You. May we see Your glory in our every-day. Break the shell of familiarity so that we don’t take grace and redemption in stride, but as they truly are: absolute miracles that have rescued us. Revive our first love. Help us to have hearts like children, running to You in delight and thanksgiving… help us to have hearts humble and awed, living daily to worship the King whose arms are ever open to us.

Oh sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous things! His right hand and His holy arm have worked salvation for Him. The Lord has made known His salvation; He has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations. He has remembered His steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. –Psalm 98:1-3

(Please join me for a quiet moment each day throughout this season…together, let’s pray to know Him more…and in knowing Him, we will find we cannot help but to marvel and worship!)


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