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Restore the Wonder
This morning the sky was filled with precious colors straight from the throne of God. The pinks and reds were encircled with gold and silver. The sapphire sky was over the top with giant pearls surrounding it all. The reflection of all of this splendor fell on the diamond glass lake as I road with my bike watching all the precious gems sparkle as they were thrown across.
“‘After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven.’” And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, ‘“Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.’” 2 At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. 3 And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne’”(Revelation 4:1-3). As if more needed to be said of the beauty of God’s throne, verse 6 completed my vision saying, “‘Also in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal. In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back.’”
Have you seen the wonder and splendor of the Lord rising in His creation. For me this morning as I brought my praise to the Lord, He responded in His magnificent light. For we need to be reminded that, “God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). Have you seen the wonder?
Ravi Zacharias in his book Recapture the Wonder, somewhere over the rainbow and right here in God’s palette spread for us every day in different hues and views. It is His continuous way of showing His ultimate hope as “most of us can go back to a time in our lives when dreams of a life filled with wonder throbbed within our souls.” (Zacharias). He says, “Wonder is that possession of the mind that enchants the emotions while never surrendering reason.”
Some ask me why I get up way before the dawn? It is for this morning and every morning as God displays His thoughts and ways to me in speech and in picture. There are those that ask me, “Do you see God in everything?” And to this I respond, Yes! Of course, everything is not God, but He is in everything, “For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-all things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:16-17). This truth helps me worship in His presence as I go, preparing myself for a day in this broken world not quite as disappointed by it. I try to retain the sacred in silence and solitude even in the madding crowds. Our souls must be rooted and established in His love to walk in His way without being cynical. For we don’t find enchantment in life through some thing, “It must ultimately culminate in a person” (Zacharias). We must be filled with His Holy Spirit.
So can you journey through life with gratitude for His gifts seen and unseen? At the cross Jesus gave His final and ultimate gift we do not deserve. Can we grasp the reality of that even if we were not there physically? Is it in Holy Communion or His Word, or His promises for you?
The heavens declare the glory of God. And the sky above proclaims His handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard” (Psalm 19:1-3 ESV).
Only God is humble and declares His love for you and me who are not. So it leads me to a longing for His beauty and majesty in serenity and simplicity that is in heaven. It makes me bow my head and clap my hands at the same time. He wants to make our hearts ring. He wants to restore the wonder as we joyfully worship our God and King.