When was the last time you experienced wonder and awe? If you can’t remember, don’t feel bad as that is true of many of us. Some of us would need half a day to rack our brain to try to recapture the last time we actually felt wonder and awe.
My mind scrolls back to the miracle of birth. My wife is a champion and I can still remember the sights, signs, smells, sounds and power of the live birth of each of our four children. Watching my wife labor without anesthesia to bear these children to light and life was definitely a miraculous experience for me, and I can honestly say it was an experience of wonder and awe.
Christmas is about God moving from glory to humanity to make one thing clear, God loves us. That is an amazing miracle, but we are so desensitized to the divine intervening by coming to us and becoming like us in the life of this Christ-child we celebrate at Christmas, we just don’t grasp the magnitude of the gift and thus don’t feel wonder and awe.
The people in Mary and Joseph’s day were ready and praying for a change and for God to intervene. They were eagerly awaiting the Messiah and so when God took on flesh and the miracle of Christmas unfolded the people recognized the amazing miracle of God’s love in Christ and they felt as Luke described below:
Luke 5:26, Everyone was gripped with great wonder and awe, and they praised God, exclaiming, “We have seen amazing things today!”
My prayer as we journey through this first week in Advent that God would help us clear the deck of the urgent and uninspiring to see that God is still moving, loving, healing, forgiving and redeeming. That we could re-embrace the idea that God loves us more than we can even begin to understand and what’s more, God wants a prioritized relationship with us. THEN, the opportunity to rediscover awe and wonder is ours and this season of peace and love can feel personal to us in such a very powerful way. Lord, let it be so!