The Awe and the Wonder

The Awe and the Wonder

by Precarious Yates

“Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, ‘I have compassion on the crowd because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat.’” – Matthew 15:32

The people who followed Jesus were so excited to hear what he said that they kept listening even after they ran out of their food. There were times in my walk when I was so excited about what I was learning about God that I would forget that I needed to eat! Has that ever happened to you?

I love when I’m caught up in that sense of wonder.

There are many times that the mundaneness of my life crowds in. But there’s something about Christmas time that reclaims that wonder for me.

God came to earth as a human. Because He wanted us to be with Him, the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. What a startling truth that grabs the corners of a mundane life and shakes out every remnant of cobwebs!

There were some other people a long time ago who were caught up in the mundaneness of life, and something startled them too. It filled them with great fear.

8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. – Luke 2:8-9

That kind of awe and wonder can completely transform our lives. It did for those shepherds!

“And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.’”- Luke 2:10

15 “When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.’

16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.

17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child.

18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.”– Luke 2:15-18

Let’s allow God to fill us again with that wonder and awe this Christmas time. And if we’re so filled with wonder and awe that we forget to eat, don’t worry. God Himself will feed us!

“And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up seven baskets full of the broken pieces left over.” – Matthew 15:37

Merry Christmas!

About the Author:

Precarious YatesPrecarious Yates has lived in 8 different states of the Union and 3 different countries, but currently lives in Texas with her husband, her daughter and their one mastiff and four Pyrenees dogs, three sheep and nine chickens. When she’s not writing, she enjoys music, teaching, playing on jungle gyms and reading. She holds a masters in the art of making tea and coffee and a PhD in Slinky® disentangling.

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