A DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT by Linda Sommerville
If you were able to watch this past Sunday’s worship service at PGCC, then you heard my husband, Phil, speak on what it means to be in awe of God. As an illustration of awe, he shared a bit about how the two of us first met and the fact that he was immediately smitten, but that it took me a bit longer.
What he didn’t share is that even though it took me longer to feel the same way about him, I have spent the past 28 years of marriage being in awe of the patience he demonstrated during our years of dating. My fears about getting serious caused me to break up with him several times during the 3½ years we dated. I have often wondered why he waited so long for me, but I am eternally grateful that he did.
His patient love allowed me to let down my defenses and fall deeply in love with him. This is truly the most awesome gift he could have given me, but it’s just one of the many things about Phil that cause me to be in awe of him. He is also a man of deep integrity, compassion, wisdom, faith, and so much more.
In the same way that I consider the awe-inspiring qualities of my husband, I often think about the many amazing characteristics of God and the many incredible gifts he has given me that cause me to be in awe of him. As it says in Psalm 8:3-4, “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?” It is truly an awesome thing to know that among all of his amazing creation, God sees us, values us and calls us His own.
There are endless examples of God’s amazing creation, but one specific example that is cause for awe is the human eye. Check out this 3-minute video that briefly describes the marvelous design of the human eye, and how it speaks of God’s wondrous creation. CLICK HERE TO WATCH.
In addition to God’s awesome creation, I have so many personal experiences of God that cause me to be in awe. I have story after story of God’s provision, kindness, guidance, comfort, healing, and love in my life. My guess is that you probably have many stories as well. These stories are important for us to remember and share because they remind us of who God is, and they bring encouragement to others who need to be reminded as well.
To help us focus on God and how awesome he is, I’d like to suggest a couple prayer practices for you to try.
ABC’s of Praise – Write down at least one word for each letter of the alphabet that describes something about God you can praise him for. For example: A – Awesome; B – Beautiful; C – Creative, etc. Then, take a moment and use this list as a prayer of praise to God.
Prayers of Remembrance – Take some time to remember some of the times God has provided for you, given you comfort or guidance, etc. Jot down some of the details about one or more of these experiences and take time to thank God for them. You may also want to share this with someone else as a way to encourage them in their faith. Remembering God’s goodness, thanking him for it, and sharing it with others, will increase your sense of awe and wonder of God.