Breathless Wonder

July 31st, 2014

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We went on a trip with our family to Alaska this past week. Alaska is the last frontier, a place of unexplored wonder and beauty. Much of the landscape lies untouched where only weather and wildlife leave a trace. Its expanse is broad, humbling those who stand small before it.

There were times when it was hard for us to focus on the beauty of God’s handiwork around us. It’s as though we walk around with a veil covering our senses so that we can’t quite fully taste and see that the Lord is good. Our vision is foggy. Like the man who saw “men as trees walking” we don’t see God’s glory as clearly as we should.

There are many things in our lives that add to that veil. Worries and fears, responsibilities, plans and to-do lists, expectations, and even cynicism, all block our view of God’s wonder and glory. Like the disciples who walked with Christ and saw him multiply fish before their eyes and then a few days later wondered where their next meal would come from, we often miss the power and might of the God who has saved us.

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One would think that it is easy to behold God’s glory and marvel at all he has made. But that’s not always the case. Especially in our modern world, we can be so blinded by the bright lights of what man has made that the beauty of the One who spoke everything into being by saying “Let there be light” doesn’t move us. We can be so obsessed with ourselves that we fail to be impressed, humbled, and amazed by what God has done. We can be so influenced by the world’s thinking that we begin to see the world as they do: as an accidental collision of particles and matter. Seeing life as random and purposeless, a life that only ends in returning matter back to the earth, creates a cynicism that can’t see the powerful hand of a holy and loving Creator God at work.

 

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One day, we went out on a boat to see whales, seals, glaciers and other things God has made. At first, my kids were bored on the boat and wanted to play games on a handheld device. We told them no. Gradually, over the course of the day, I witnessed them let go of their desire to immerse themselves in a virtual world and begin to enjoy the beauty the real world. They saw wondrous things and at the end of the day, it was their favorite activity we did.

May God remove all veils from our eyes. May he strengthen our weak faith. May he awaken all our senses to see and experience the glory of who he is and what he has done. May it move us, shake us, humble us, and cause us to worship. May we be filled with a breathless wonder at our amazing God.

“All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your saints shall bless you! They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom and tell of your power, to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.” Psalm 145:10-12




When We Fear What Other’s Think

July 29th, 2014

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Photo: courtesy Lisa Tarplee Photography

Have you ever paused in saying something because you worried that the other person might think negatively of you? Have you have battled worries in your place of employment over your performance, thinking that your employers couldn’t be satisfied with your work? Or maybe when you are with a group of parents and your children do something wrong, do you cringe inside, wondering what everyone thinks of you and your children?

I can answer yes to all those and more. Earlier this year, I was asked to contribute my writing to a project on a somewhat divisive topic. One of the thoughts that crossed my mind was, “That will certainly gain me some enemies.” That’s because I have a fear of what other’s think of me. I fear their criticism, their unacceptance, and their negative opinion of me. Writing in a public forum these past few years, I’ve had to face this fear I have of what others think….to read the rest of this post, visit Ungrind, my writing home today.

 




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When We Fear What Other’s Think

Photo: courtesy Lisa Tarplee Photography Have you ever paused in saying something because you worried that the other person might think negatively of you? Have you have battled worries in your place of employment over your performance, thinking that your employers couldn’t be satisfied with your work? Or maybe when you are with a group of parents […]

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Do you ever watch those dance competitions on TV? It’s amazing how the couples move across the dance floor in such harmony with one another. I wish I could say that I can dance. Instead, when I take to the dance floor, my moves are stunted; I stumble and am out of step with the […]

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