Let’s Never Lose The Wonder

Paul Andrew   -  

I was sixteen years old when I gave my life to Jesus. It was 1990 and that moment literally changed my life, at a little church called Hills Christian Life Centre. Today it’s called Hillsong, and it’s not so little.
I vividly recall my second Sunday as I arrived with expectation. All this was so new to me. Growing up my family rarely went to church and I certainly didn’t had no concept of having a relationship with God… until now. The service was about to start so my friend Matt and I were hurrying to get inside when I saw a guy standing by the front door. Brimming with enthusiasm I said to him, “Hey mate, are you coming in?”. His reply floored me and I still remember it to this day.

“Nah mate, I’ve seen it all before”.

So I went inside and as it happens, that was the night I was filled with the Holy Spirit at the end of the service.
Maybe he was just having a bad day. I’ve had my fair share of skeptical moments, cynical or critical, standing on the fringe, jaded in my soul. But it never bears good fruit in my life.
Let’s never lose the wonder. Our sense of awe and joy at our salvation and this great Gospel.
Psalm 1:1-3 says,
Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.
nor sits in the seat of mockers
I don’t want to be one who sits “in the company of mockers”. The joyless, scornful critics. I don’t want to become numb or indifferent either.
Perhaps the key here is “delight” (v2).
If you’ve ever tried to walk somewhere with a toddler then you probably know what wonder looks like. We have four incredible kids and every one of them was born with a sense of wonder. Hustling to get somewhere or run some errand, the little hand I was holding would stop me. Something caught their attention. A leaf. A puppy. Colors on the sidewalk. A penny. Puddles. “Wow”. “Cool”. “Dad look at THAT!”
This photo of our youngest, Sam, says it all when we explored a pumpkin patch recently.

There’s a song I like from Bethel Church, called Wonder that says it well-
May we never lose our wonder
May we never lose our wonder
Wide eyed and mystified
May we be just like a child
Staring at the beauty of our King
So let’s determine that we won’t lose our sense of wonder. Let’s delight in the Lord and stare at the beauty of our King. Let’s say WOW more and enjoy the journey.
Ps 65:8 The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders
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