In his book, This Sunrise of Wonder, Michael Mayne writes this to his grandchildren: “If I could have waved a fairy grandfather’s wand at your birth and wished upon you just one gift it would not have been beauty or riches or a long life: It would have been the gift of wonder.”
He goes on to suggest that they set their sights not on success, but on wonder. They should live with a sense of awe.
That was what was going on with Jesus when he took Peter, James and John to the Mount of the Transfiguration. Jesus himself shines with the brightest of lights. Moses and Elijah appear and a voice from above calls Jesus “Son”. In this glimpse of glory, Jesus is trying to give his disciples and all of us the gift of wonder, a sense of awe.
Awe precedes faith. Awe is the root of faith. We must grow in awe in order to reach faith.
It’s simple things, like a glowing sunset, the sound of a running stream or the fresh smell in a meadow that cause us to pause and marvel at the wonder of life, to contemplate its meaning and significance. Who can hold an autumn leaf in their hand, or sift the warm white sand on the beach, and not wonder at the Creator of it all? – Wendy Moore
How have YOU been touched by God’s awe and wonder this springtime?
GOD GAVE US EYES TO SEE THE BEAUTY IN NATURE AND HEARTS TO SEE THE BEAUTY IN EACH OTHER!