For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).
Thanksgiving is over, and the Christmas season is officially upon us. Carols are playing; people are rushing around to buy the perfect gifts for their loved ones; schedules are filled with parties and social events. It truly is an exciting time of the year.
In the midst of the festive hustle and bustle, I am challenged to remember the reason for the busy-ness in the first place. Christmas is all about the Christ Child coming to the earth to bring salvation to mankind as foretold centuries before. Angels fill the back drop of the Christmas narrative. An angel visits the Virgin Mary. Joseph has a dream where an angel encourages him not to be afraid to take Mary as his wife. A choir of angels proclaim the birth of the newborn King to the shepherds. It is a season of wonder.
The problem is I have become too familiar with the story. The miracles have become mundane; the extraordinary has become ordinary. Somehow I have put the Savior of the world in a box and placed Him under the tree. And sadly my heart is no longer stirred.
Can you relate to this, my friend? The condition goes beyond the month of December. Losing our sense of wonder for the God of the Universe can plague us throughout the year.
First we lose our sense of wonder, and then we lose our sense of hope.
What can we do to regain our amazement for the Lord?
We must replace apathy with a passion for our Savior. It is not enough to go through the motions of faith. We must engage our hearts and minds with openness and curiosity. No matter how much we think we know about Jesus, we must cultivate an eagerness to learn and discover more.
In the case of the Christmas story, put yourself in the place of the characters. Imagine what they personally thought, felt, and experienced. Allow the story to become alive in your soul.
When it comes to knowing God, ask the Holy Spirit to teach you. Study the Scriptures, trusting the Lord to show you more about Himself. Don’t be complacent about your relationship with Jesus. Expect Him to reveal Himself to you.
My grandson, Rhett, is one year old. The last time he visited me, he started a new game. He motioned for me to pick him up. As I carried him around the house, he would point wide-eyed to items for me to name. At first they were things he hadn’t seen before. After several times of this activity, we returned to the same objects. Rhett never grew tired, and even though he had seen some of the items again and again, his eyes continued to be wide and he studied them with renewed interest.
Oh, that we would be more like Rhett! Allow our Heavenly Father to carry us along, with wide-eyed wonder, learning more about Himself and His glorious Kingdom.
As wonder is restored, hope springs forward in our lives. Faith comes alive. The impossible looks possible. We can see light in the darkest situation.
May we never lose our wonder. Let us continue to grow in amazement of our truly awesome God.
Many, LORD my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare (Psalm 40:5).
I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and rejoice in you;
I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High (Psalm 9:1-2).
Heavenly Father, may I never lose the wonder of who You are. Help me to grow in childlike faith. I want to see light in the darkness, and embrace hope instead of fear. During this Christmas season, increase my amazement in You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.