I woke up this morning to snow!!! It's official, Happy Holidays everyone :)
I couldn't help but smile on my way to Chick-fil-a and work this morning, I mean, how can you be stressed or worried when everything is SO BEAUTIFUL????
A few months ago, my little family took a quick beach trip and ever since I've had this thought in the back of my mind that I cannot describe. Not for anything! This morning, though, as I looked at my family's property, and traveled through the tree-lined streets, genuinely taking in the beauty I saw, the feeling from the beach came back.
The beach trip we took was the first one for my four year old. At first he was hesitant, really unsure of even sticking his toes in the water, but by the end of our trip he was literally running and diving in! A competitive swimmer for twelve years growing up, I've always felt comfortable in the water. EXCEPT when I cannot see the bottom! :) (There is something about being in a large body of dark water that freaks me out to no end, despite my years and years and hundreds of year-round competitions!) But back to this day. As my son ran between his daddy (who was safely on our towel) and me in the water, I took the time to wade out a little bit further, letting the waves carry me where they wanted. And do you know what? It was scary. It was also electrifying in a way I haven't experienced before. I felt safe, but ridiculously careless at the same time. I could see my husband back on the sand, looking at me disapprovingly, a non-swimmer's panic in his eyes whenever our son started to edge toward the water with his toys without my being near. I felt appreciative of being able to be a part of something so much larger than me. The fact that I could be swept away and under in a fight for breath at any second made me feel a sense of vulnerabilty I don't normally feel. And the tide seemed to take on that feeling as the waves became deeper. The overwhelming sense I felt was wonder, even though I didn't know it at the time.
How amazing is our God that created these waters that can give us so much life but take it away in only a second of carelessness????? Psalm 95 verses 4-5 say, "In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made, and his hands formed the dry land."
You can feel so vulnerable and alive when you rest in God's creation and there is no greater feeling than KNOWING that He is the Creator whom you're resting everything on! Even as I write this, the feeling I had at the beach is coming back. As great a swimmer as I am, and as comfortable as I normally feel in water, I was nothing but a speck that day, completely vulnerable to nature. I know that through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made (John 1:3).
When you truly believe in John 1:3, how do you apply it to your life? How do you live in WONDER, appreciating God's creation and being vulnerable in what He has made?
LIVING IN WONDER 101
1) Believe in your heart that God is the Maker of all things.
"For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved (Romans 10:10)."
2) Allow yourself to feel small so while resting in His presence, while in His creation, you are able to grow and live big while in Christ. God created you specifically to be the way you are.
"Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, you are of more value than many sparrows (Luke 12:7)."
3) Appreciate your part in His creation. Be thankful for the bigger things in this life that we simply cannot explain. Enjoy the feeling of not knowing everything and having to rely on Him.
Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure (Psalm 147:5)."
4) Understand and bask in the fact that God wants us all to display childlike faith.
And he said, "Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 18:3). "