Maranatha Wonder Letter
As I prayed about our Father’s will for next year, the Holy Spirit gave me the name “Deep Dive.” Next year, God calls us all to spend more time resting in his presence, listening, and pouring out our hearts to him. He gave me three keys to successful deep diving into the kingdom of heaven: wonder, worship, and wisdom. This letter is about Wonder.
“Wonder” is a feeling of surprising delight mingled with an overwhelming sense of humility, experienced when beholding God in all his glory, majesty, splendor, and beauty.
We obviously live in a digital age and virtual society: more time online with less face-to-face fellowship. Brothers & sisters, we are all tempted to slowly fall away from our daily relationship with Jesus in this dark season of our age. Let us recapture a WONDER at the glory of God through the Holy Spirit’s power with hearts willing to surrender and trust.
Creator’s Glory > Have you ever gone into the storehouse of the snow or seen where I store the hail, which I save for times of trouble, for days of war and battle? Where is the place from which light comes? Where is the place from which the east winds blow over the earth? Who cuts a waterway for the heavy rains and sets a path for the thunderstorm? Who waters the land where no one lives, the desert that has no one living there? Who sends rain to satisfy the empty land so the grass begins to grow? Does the rain have a father? Who is father to the drops of dew? Who is mother to the ice? Who gives birth to the frost from the sky when the water becomes hard as stone, and even the surface of the ocean is frozen? (Job 38:22-30 NCV)
I love this passage: just a small section of God Almighty’s message to Job and his friends after they spent countless hours debating doctrine in the dust and becoming increasingly frustrated with one another. The Ancient of Days visits Job in a whirlwind. Job has lost almost everything: all his children are dead, all of his possessions are stolen, his house is a pile of rubble, his body is covered in painful, bleeding sores, and his bride advises him to curse God and die. Job is angry, frustrated, overwhelmed, and worst of all, feeling condemned while he believes he is righteous. He shakes his fists at heaven and demands justice from God. Our Creator’s response is to show up and tell Job stories about the hidden wonders of his magnificent creation. Job wonders and is humbled. He resets his relationship with God, choosing to surrender, trust, and believe.
Wonderworking Power > As night fell, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and Jesus was alone on land. The wind was against the disciples, and he could see that they were straining at the oars, trying to get to shore. When it was almost morning, Jesus came to them walking on the surface of the water, and he started to pass by them. When they all saw him walking on the waves, they thought he was a ghost and screamed out in terror. But he said to them at once, “Don’t yield to fear. Have courage. It’s really me – I AM!” Then he came closer and climbed into the boat with them. Immediately, the stormy winds became still. They were completely and utterly overwhelmed with astonishment. (Mark 6:47-51 TPT)
Do you know what it is like for your life to flash before your eyes? I do. I was scuba diving in the Philippines as a teenager and learning search & rescue. I was slowly raising a 20-pound cement block with air and a waterproof tarp to the ocean surface when the tarp tore and the heavy block plummeted to the seafloor. The problem is that one of my hands held a death grip on the block’s rebar handle. I should have died & drowned that day. Truth be told, I still believe in my heart that God sent a guardian angel in that moment to miraculously pry my frozen fingers off that block that should have sealed my doom. I love this story of our water-walking, storm-ceasing Redeemer, and I love how the disciples were astonished and speechless at Jesus’ glory and power. May 2020 be filled with unexpected experiences of astonishment at God’s glory, leaving us all silent in awe.
- Above > “So if you have been raised with the Messiah, seek what is above, where the Messiah is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on what is above, not on what is on the earth.” (Colossians 3:1-2 HCSB)
- Glory Canopy > Then the LORD will create over all of Mount Zion and over those who assemble there a cloud of smoke by day and a glow of flaming fire by night; over everything the glory will be a canopy. It will be a shelter and shade from the heat of the day, and a refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain. (Isaiah 4:5-6 NIV)
- Guiding Pillars > But in your great mercy you did not abandon them to die in the wilderness. The pillar of cloud still led them forward by day, and the pillar of fire showed them the way through the night. You sent your good Spirit to instruct them, and you did not stop giving them manna from heaven or water for their thirst. (Nehemiah 9:19-20 NLT)
- Living Word > What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have observed and have touched with our hands, concerning the Word of life – that life was revealed, and we have seen it and we testify and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us. (1 John 1:1-2 HCSB)
Reflection > Holy Spirit, what is one next step I can take in this season to return to a heart of wonder at my Savior’s glory?
Prayer > Father, we love you and praise you. We lift your name on high. We pray for all nations and peoples to see you clearly and join us as we all worship you together. Begin with me, Lord; start with my heart and mind. Reestablish a renewed wonder within me, a childlike delight in the gospel, a hunger and thirst for whatever unpredictable adventures you have for us next year as we live by faith in Jesus’ name, Amen.
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