100. This is blog 100. Please be excited with me! When I began blogging I never dreamed I would ever write so many posts. But here is is.
More about blog 100 next week, but since I began blogging my husband always reads my posts before they go up. He loves to be involved in my writing this way. Also, each week he asks me what my blog is going to be about, and a couple weeks ago my answer to him was that I didn’t know. He responded to that by saying “you should write about that song Wonder”. Now I thought that was a terrible idea. Although I love the song, I didn’t feel like I had anything to write about, until Charlie asked us to have dinner at the beach. When I asked him if he wanted chicken nuggets and fries he said “For me?!? Yes!” And so that’s what we did, until he decided that he wanted to have dinner on the docks instead. He had the best time eating his nuggets and fries with ketchup, and admiring the water. We ended the night getting him a chocolate ice cream. Charlie was so happy. For him it was like the night kept getting better and better.
As Mike and I were laying in bed I said to him “it was great tonight”. He replied “It was just dinner on the dock” but to Charlie it was the best night ever! Charlie saw the night through a different perspective. He saw the night through excitement, and wonder.
Wonder: The emotion aroused by something awe-inspiring, astounding, or surprising:
How do you view the world around you? There are so many times that I get caught up in the evil that seems to be all over. Terrorist attacks, sickness, and sin. My thoughts often get pretty clouded by how I view the world, and also how I view myself. I felt for a long time that I was living with a clouded view, which isn’t a walk in the park… well maybe a dimly lit park at night when the wolfs are howling and you cower in the corner in fear.
Feeling like you are in a cloud can bring questions and doubts. God are you real? If you are real, are you even good? Is your word even true? Surely you didn’t mean that you loved the world so You sent your only Son to die so we can have eternal life right? These questions affect not only our view, but how we live our lives.
I have to go back and think about the woman who went to touch Jesus’ garment. She was viewing herself through her world, her condition, and her culture. Her view affected how she lived her life, and how she approached Jesus. But after she touched the edge of His garment, and she was healed, He looked for her to let her know that He didn’t see her by her condition, her world, or her culture… He saw her through her faith.
When you are a follower of Jesus, He doesn’t see you through the eyes of your sin, he sees us through the truth because of the wonder of His gospel.
Another thing Charlie asks to do when he goes to the beach is chase seagulls. I do my best to stay away from them, because I am worried they are going to attack me. But it brings him an incredible amount of joy as he runs after them and they take flight.
I can often view life how I view seagulls, how Mike viewed our time at dinner, and how the woman who touched Jesus garment viewed herself… and I am sure that you can too.
Following Jesus may even seem to you pointless, kind of like how I view chasing seagulls. However when we are running after Jesus, we can experience His joy and take flight in the shadow of His wing. It is then that we live life experiencing His wonder. But we have the choice to take the chance and view the world through the lens of sin, or by the blood of the Son.
What if we chose to view life in the wonder of what Jesus did on the cross?
If we gazed at Jesus in wonder we would see life through His blood, we would see the world in freedom, in the wonder of His love, and in anticipation that in this world we will have troubles, but He will overcome the world and leave us awe-inspired, and surprised.
Look at the world these eyes of faith, and the truth of the Gospel. When we do, we see life, freedom, love, and grace… oh and wonder.