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The story about the little boy and his first experience with snow that I used to open the sermon this morning was from Michael Yaconelli’s book, Dangerous Wonder. Yaconelli included a parenthetical statement (it’s hard to verbally recognize parenthesis when reading a book aloud) that I thought was insightful. He wrote “too often, when a person gets older, the person’s ‘too-much detector’ malfunctions, corroded by busyness and technology.” How sad that we live surrounded by mystery and wonder but fail to be amazed.
It is even sadder when we become so accustomed to hearing “the old, old story of Jesus and his love” that we fail to be amazed by God’s wonderful grace. This lack of wonder I believe is developed by our overly busy lifestyles. No one can be filled with wonder till they stop long enough to ponder something. Perhaps that’s why Paul takes so many words to expound upon the simple statement, “God chose us.” By pondering that single thought he piled word upon word, his theological concepts going deeper and deeper until he at last had penned the masterpiece we know as Ephesians 1:3-14.
Slow down. Think. Ponder. Creation is full of wonder and mystery. The Gospel is deeper and richer than you can imagine. Allow yourself the gift of letting God take you deeper and deeper into the love of Christ that so that you too will become filled with open-eyed wonder.