Advent 16: God of Wonder

By NASA and the European Space Agency. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By NASA and the European Space Agency. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. – John 21:25 (ESV)

Go outside on any starlit night.  Look up.  Notice the stars and the planets.  Consider that what you are seeing is light first emitted hundreds – if not thousands – of years ago, finally making it far as earth.

Now consider that we see above us is only a tiny representation of the vastness of space. The photo above is a deep space picture taken by the Hubble Telescope.  It is a photo of a small portion of space, an exposure over a year in the making.  This, too, only represents a very small area of space.  Look at the variety of celestial bodies – galaxies, stars, nebulae… And that is just what we can see in this photo.  Never mind the comets, planets, asteroids, etc… that are beyond our ability to see, even with a tool as powerful as Hubbell.

We cannot comprehend the size of the heavens.  Yet God created it.  And He is far superior in every way to His creation.  It is God Who hung the stars and designed the layout of the entire universe.  He set our earth at just the right solar system sweet spot, with just the right angle and right speed, to support the right atmosphere for life to exist.

He created the heavens and the earth.  He made snowflakes beautifully individual and leaves carefully intricate.  The variety of plants and fruits and vegetables and animals… earth, water, sky, all created simply by His utterance – God spoke, and it was.

He is the very essence of Life Itself, forming man from the dirt (dirt that He spoke into existence) and breathing life – His life – into our nostrils.

He exists outside of space, time and matter, and yet lives within us.  His ways beyond our grasp, yet He makes Himself known to us.  He is the reason for everything, and we cannot reason it all.  He is the perfectly holy and righteous Great I AM, and I am a sinner undeserving of anything short of hell.  And yet, He loves me anyway.  He makes a way where none existed before.  He guides me, waits patiently when I stumble, and continues to pursue me until I am back with the flock.

A sense of wonder is important to maintain when we are seeking God.  When the Lord becomes so familiar in our minds that we think we know what He will do at any given time, we are treading in dangerous territory.  Familiarity breeds contempt.  And if we truly seek God first in our lives, we will find new miracles daily, new wonders to gaze upon in awe.  He reveals Himself to us whenever we ask, seek and knock.

So, the next time your faith is looking a little dog-eared, your passion a little dry, your wonder a little ordinary, go outside.  Look up.  Notice the vastness of the heavens God created.  And give Him great praise, in awe and wonder of His great might, wisdom, mercy and love.

God Moves in Mysterious Ways

by William Cowper

God moves in a mysterious way,
His wonders to perform;
He plants his footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm.

Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never failing skill,
He treasures up his bright designs,
And works his sovereign will.

Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take,
The clouds ye so much dread
are big with mercy, and shall break
In blessings on your head.

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust him for his grace;
Behind a frowning providence,
He hides a smiling face.

His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flower.

Blind unbelief is sure to err,
And scan his work in vain;
God is his own interpreter,
And he will make it plain.

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