Posted by: glorifyhim1 | September 2, 2013

How Cool is That?

How Cool is That?

This Sunday we had a young visitor in Sunday School. Well, he was only there for a few minutes while he waited for his teacher next door to arrive. Being a young four-year-old instead of a big kindergartner, he was dashing around our kindergarten room trying to take everything in – as fast as possible – because, after all, his teacher next door might arrive any minute! I watched as he darted from one area of the room to another and then camped out beside a container of small toy vehicles. Soon I began to hear the same comment over and over as he inspected each vehicle. He pulled out a race car and inspected it from top to bottom. “How cool!” he exclaimed. He continued to hold up each vehicle, one by one, and marvel: “How cool is that?” He even pulled out the trash truck and exclaimed: “How cool is that?” Pretty soon, I, too, was looking not at the vehicles, but a sweet little tow-headed boy and thinking: “How cool is that?”

What is it about growing up and getting older that causes us to lose our awe over the world that God has made? This summer I ate a squash that my husband harvested from a tiny seed he planted in the ground earlier this spring. How cool is that? I can sit on my front porch in the evening and watch countless fireflies flashing intermittently. How cool is that? On a clear night I can stare up into the heavens and see innumerable stars with my naked eye although they are billions of light years away. How cool is that? And these are just a few of the amazing wonders we behold every day.

In Psalm 19:1-3, David declared: 19 The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge.There is no speech nor language Where their voice is not heard.

When we stop to contemplate the wonders all around us, we cannot help but behold the glory of our awesome God! Job stated in awe: Indeed these are the mere edges of His ways, And how small a whisper we hear of Him! But the thunder of His power who can understand?” (Job 26:14) Or as my little four-year-old friend might sum it up: “How cool is that?”

But more than the wonder of all God has made, I am struck by the realization that such a mighty, awesome God takes times to think about even me. Yet, David reminds us that He does just that. “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet,
All sheep and oxen— Even the beasts of the field, The birds of the air, And the fish of the sea That pass through the paths of the seas.”
(Psalm 8:3-8)

Oh, how easy it is to allow the worries and issues we face every day to cloud our vision and shut out our wonder. And when we fail to respond to the works of our Father’s hands, to joy in His provision and exult in His love, something else happens as well. We begin to take our Father for granted.

Most of us are aware of what happens in any relationship when we begin to take one another for granted.

  • We think less and less of the other person. Life is all about me and what I want.
  • We fail to recognize true acts of love and sacrifice the other person offers. Instead we feel entitled to the things they do for us.
  • We drift apart, spending less and less meaningful time together.

We can easily identify this progression in any marriage, friendship, or other relationship when we take each other for granted. And we are also aware of the end result. Marriages can end in estrangement or divorce. Family relationships can dissolve into separation and alienation. Friendships and other relationships can become strained or nonexistent. We just give up.

Unfortunately, the same thing can happen in our relationship with God. When we begin to take God and his presence in our lives for granted, we think less and less about Him and more about what we want. We fail to recognize all that God has done for us and question why He doesn’t do things the way we want Him to do them. Instead of seeking His presence and growing and learning more and more about Him, we forsake our time together, seldom read the Bible and rarely pray. We just give up.

I wonder if this is why Paul told the Thessalonians: 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). When we rejoice, pray, and give thanks, we cannot help but approach God with a sense of wonder – wonder over His love that sent His own Son to die for us and show us how to live – wonder over the precious privilege of being able to commune with this awesome, matchless God – wonder over the realization that this same all-powerful, all-knowing, incomparable God cares about me and every need in my life. All I can do in response is to say thank you. Or better yet, exclaim to  Him – “How cool is that?”

 

 

 

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