“I do not think there is anyone who takes quite such a fierce pleasure in things being themselves as I do. The startling wetness of water excites and intoxicates me: the fieriness of fire, the steeliness of steel, the unutterable muddiness of mud. It is just the same with people… When we call a man ‘manly’ or a woman ‘womanly’ we touch the deepest philosophy.” G.K. Chesterton
I probably wouldn’t take the most valuable moments in history to tell people about ants, flowers, dirty dishes, sheep, goats, and soil fertilizer but this is exactly what we find the Lord of Life doing during His 3 short years reconciling the world to Himself. It’s the most important time in history, God is walking the earth, every second counts, and He chooses to show his disciples where the fish are biting. He speaks about ordinary things in life and shows the disciples how they are windows into the Kingdom realm. I’m telling you, Jesus is a wonder. I believe that Jesus is fascinated with all of life. If He isn’t, why did create it as He did?
We often forget that things like laughing, joy, and our “a sense of beauty” all come from God. Think about that for a second – where did the sense of beauty come from if not from our Creator? How do you look at a painting, a mountain, or a river and say, “That’s beautiful”? Who told you it was wonderful? The sense of beauty and wonder are perhaps the greatest proofs for the existence of God. But that’s not my point right now. Right now I just want to marvel at the Person of Jesus, who walked around showing the “uncommonness” of common things.
There is a realm where we are carried away at how He made the water wet and mud muddy. We marvel over His idea to make laughing sound like it does. He didn’t have to do any test runs to see if he liked it. Laughing came out of the joy He shares with the Father and the Spirit and all of our laughter echoes that reality. He even went overboard and gave some of us a contagious laugh (You know that friend that has a funny laugh that makes others laugh too). It makes me believe that Jesus is the one with the contagious laugh within the Holy Trinity. But that’s just me. I believe Jesus stepped fully into the human condition, into this fallen world filled with darkness, and rubbed eternal bliss in our faces without apology. Consider the weight of these words spoken from Life Himself: “…my joy will be in you” (John 15:11).
I’m not asking you to find wonder. I don’t think you find wonder. I believe you get lost in it. You turn aside to stop and stare. If you gaze on the beauty of Jesus on His throne and His Creation around you and you’ll slip into marvelous light. If you never take the time to marvel there’ll be nothing marvelous about you. It doesn’t matter what challenges you face today, you can get lost in the wonder of it all.
HEAVEN begins NOW for those filled with devotional wonder (Obviously, more heaven comes later, but the Kingdom is in me now). The opposite is also true. Hell begins NOW for those who refuse to honor the beauty of the Lord. Choose to marvel at His glory and goodness. Be like the Seraphim and discover that the WHOLE EARTH IS FILLED WITH HIS GLORY. Ask the Spirit of Glory to expand your capacity for wonder and astonishment by seeing the “uncommonness” of common things.
Moses prayed it this way, “Lord, show me Your glory.” Paul prayed it this way, “I pray… that you may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height – to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” Today, this sounds to me like, “Lord, expand my capacity for astonishment.”
“And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” Isaiah 6:3