Tuesday, December 11, 2012

I wonder as I wander

Browsing through old quotes and came across this one:

“It is not easy to convey a sense of wonder, let alone resurrection wonder, to another. It’s the very nature of wonder to catch us off guard, to circumvent expectations and assumptions. Wonder can’t be packaged, and it can’t be worked up. It requires some sense of being there and some sense of engagement.” 

Even thought this is an Easter quote I couldn't help think about how perfect it was for Christmas.  Such good reminders in four short sentences.

  1. You can't package wonder.  Amen.  The sense of wonder can not be boxed, no matter how pretty the package wonder does not come from a purchase. 
  2. It can't be worked up:  Wonder is more a response to an amazing God.  We can't create it on our own but we can cultivate an attitude where wonder feels at home.
  3. It requires some sense of being there and some of engagement:  Wonder is so easy to miss when you are distracted.  To-do lists, presents to buy, Christmas concerts, holiday parties can all make you blind.  You have to stop, open your eyes and listen. Sometimes I think wonder catches us off guard because we are too busy looking at the wrong thing.  Our sense of wonder increases when expect things to be wonderful.  

This advent I am working hard at being present to the wonder of the season. I am waiting with patient expectation. Trying to remember that God will show up (He always does) and I will see His wonder, if I open my eyes and wait for it. 

Bonus video of one of my favorite Christmas songs.

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