Sunday morning, Jurie talked about God’s amazing act of creation. During worship, we sang of God’s majesty and power and glory. Yet I wonder sometimes if we are a little bit numb to the sense of awe that God should inspire. When the Bible talks of “fear of the Lord,” we misunderstand and think it means the kind of fear we would have of an angry parent… “wait until Dad gets home!” But fear, in a Biblical context, usually means the kind of awe that you can’t help but bow to.
In the modern world, we suffer from sensory overload. Everything is loud, everything is Technicolor, everything is super spicy or salty or sweet. When we picture the act of creation, I think we gloss over the power of it because we can’t even fathom something so huge, but also because our senses have been dulled by too much input.
I want you to try something. Go somewhere dark and quiet… maybe before you get out of bed in the morning. Take a moment to experience the lack of sensory input. I know this makes a lot of us nervous – we immediately turn on the radio and lights because we feel naked without them – but if you don’t experience quiet, you can’t experience awe. When God said, “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:40, NIV), He was addressing this idea. We are easily distracted.
The next thing is that you need to focus… another lost art. Eastern meditation says we need to empty our minds, but Christian meditation is about focusing our minds. Shed the distractions of the day behind or ahead of you, and focus. Focus first on the quiet, the sound of yourself breathing (please breathe!), and the weird patterns your eyes see when it’s dark.
Now think about the last time you had a positive experience that gave you chills, or made your breathing ragged, or made your heart flutter, or brought you to tears. Can you remember? Maybe it was the moment when your bride turned the corner and you saw her in her wedding dress for the first time. Maybe it was hearing a symphony perform Beethoven’s ninth, or Eddie Vedder performing Arc live. Maybe it was holding your newborn in your arms, or smelling hot coffee on a drowsy morning, or taking a bite of pumpkin bourbon bread pudding. Maybe it was something completely different. Take all of those experiences, big and small, that gave you life in the moment. Try to remember all the feels; try to really focus in on the sensory and emotional depth. Now, remember this…
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.Genesis 1:1-2, NIV
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.John 1:1-5
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.Colossians 1:15-17, NIV
For the director of music. A psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.Psalm 19:1, NIV
“You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created
and have their being.”Revelation 4:11
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