Margaret Feinberg spends most mornings with her good friends Coffee and God. Without Coffee, mornings would be difficult. Without God, life would be impossible.
You’ll often find Margaret (puppy-in-tow) adventuring outdoors—she enjoys hiking, river rafting, and scanning the night sky for the Northern Lights and shooting stars. She boasts an exceptionally dry sense of humor that she attributes to her Jewish father. Married to Leif for almost a decade, Margaret’s known for losing things like her sunglasses on her head, keys in her hand, or her phone for the 12th time in the same day. Luckily, Hershey hasn’t been left anywhere… yet.
Always up for an adventure, Margaret is known to drive 50 miles to chase down a food truck and snag Groupons for skydiving on a whim. She prefers watching comedies and laughing until her tummy aches over doing sit ups.
I have a hunch that I’m not the only one who has misplaced the marvel of a life lived with God. Faith invites us into an enchanting journey with God—one marked by the mysteries of divine beauty, holy courage, irrepressible hope, and unending love. But in my own life, any sense of the expansiveness of God had faded. I was left with a faith that lacked color, tasting both stale and bland. I knew I needed God to reveal himself once again to awaken me from my sleep, to disturb me from my slumber.
Any sense of holy awe was replaced by unholy indifference. Hope diminished to a manageable emotion. Love became a fleeting expression in short supply. [Tweet this]
Ever felt that way?
If faith is a sea of possibilities, I stood ankle deep, baptized only in shallows of the reality of God. Yet I sensed the Spirit beckoning me to plunge into the cool, shadowy depths marked by indescribable beauty; those unforgettable moments of life that force the holding of breath one moment and the gasping of oxygen the next. Allured by the Spirit, I lunged forward to beckon God.
And I prayed for wonder.
Sometimes the simplest prayers prove to be the most dangerous. If I had known what I was asking or how God would answer, I don’t know if I would’ve had the courage to make the request.
Palms extended, wide-eyed with expectation, I waited for an answer. God did not disappoint. A prayer for wonder asks the Lord to reveal himself in greater measure and hold nothing back, and remains one of those prayers for which God doesn’t say “no”. [Tweet this]
Who knew such a simple prayer could be so powerful?
God responded in the most unusual ways, ones that filled me with a sense of astonishment and awoke me to the reality of his presence. I still relish the striking and curious ways God answers. The means God employed to awaken me to the beauty awaiting in the most mundane moments of life. The process God uses to transform my hollowness to hallowedness.
People entered and reemerged in my life who expanded my understanding of God and grace. My attention was acutely drawn to patterns and particulars in Scripture I’d never seen before. Whenever God answers a prayer for wonder, the tone and tenacity with which we live our lives and express our faith changes.
Holiness beckons. Divine expectation flourishes. Gratitude abounds. Hope returns. [Tweet this]
We do not have to remain asleep to the presence of God. We can awake, toss back the covers, climb out of bed, and seize the fullness of life that God intended for us. We can live alert to the wonders all around us that increase our desire to know God more.
My hope is that before you ever flip open the first page of Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God, that you will stop, drop, and pray for wonder.
Then live wide-eyed to the ways God want to reveal Himself to you in your home, in your workplace, in your child’s eyes and words, in your friendships, in every moment of this gift called life.
Will you join me in reawakening to wonder?
Here’s a glimpse of the trailer from the Wonderstruck 7-Session DVD Bible study just so you can see a little bit more about what praying for wonder can do in your life:
This week, we are giving away 5 copies of Wonderstruck! Just tell us one way that you’ve been wonderstruck by goodness of God in the comments below. We’ll announce giveaway winners on Friday.
Join us this Wednesday as we explore what it means to Live in God’s Presence.