This is my favorite time of year, minus the cold. I love all the festive lights, the fun decorations all over town, and all the holiday parties. I just love having excuses to get together with people, and throw a good party!
This year my husband and I did something different, and instead of giving each other ridiculous gifts, we decided to give to someone in need. As we shopped for this family, I got so caught up in how I wanted these two little ones to see Christmas. I wanted them to see the wonder of Christmas, and what it truly means.
In Isaiah 9, we see Jesus referred to as a “Wonderful Counselor”. In the Old Testament, this wonder really meant more of an “indescribable” counselor – so incredible, that you are in awe of Him. People needed that encouragement in the midst of war and darkness that they didn’t understand. They needed to believe that hope was on the horizon.
You see this idea of wonder or awe throughout the Bible:
Who is like You among the gods, O LORD? Who is like You, majestic in holiness, Awesome in praises, working wonders? – Exodus 15:11
“He is your praise and He is your God, who has done these great and awesome things for you which your eyes have seen.” – Deut. 10:21
“Let all the earth fear the LORD; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.” – Psalm 33:8
I don’t know about you, but I’ve lost a little bit of my wonder and awe as I’ve gotten older. I see the stresses that the “holiday” brings, and I forget what we are truly celebrating.
Today, spend some time praying for God to show you how wonderful He is. Pray through these verses above, and praise Him for what this season means to you.
Have more time? Want to go deeper?
- Spend some time journaling what you are in awe of and why. Go for a walk if weather permits, and see the wonder of God’s creation. Look for photos of things you are in awe of. Find some way to remind you of that wonderment.
- Pray for someone you know who could use some wonder or awe today.