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Be Astonished.jpgI truly believe we are living in some of the most exciting and crucial times in the history of the world. Yet, some of us live in the midst of what feels like a monotonous daily routine. When our minds succumb to what seems like an endless litany of the mediocre and mundane, it becomes easy to believe the lies that tell us we are insignificant, unimportant, powerless and commonplace,

In the opening to Tremendous Trifles, G.K. Chesterton wrote, “The world will never starve for want of wonders; but only for want of wonder.” There is no such thing as a mundane life, only a mundane mindset.

There is no such thing as a mundane life, only a mundane mindset.

Many of us go from day to day living in a state of negative expectation. We think, “Every day is going to be the same, nothing new is going to happen. My circumstances aren’t going to get any better. People aren’t going to change.”

In our hearts, we say, “I’ve seen it all.” We build up callouses that kill our creative imagination. We blind our eyes and seal up our hearts with the pretentious pride we prop up behind “experience” and “education.”

We have more faith in probability and the limited experience of our own senses than we do in Jesus’ words, “All things are possible to him who believes.”

All things are possible to him who believes.

In reality, we have no way of knowing what could happen next. We have no way of knowing whether or not an elephant will suddenly walk down the street, or if Jesus will suddenly appear before us dressed in a t-shirt and blue jeans. But how many of us believe in the actual possibility, let alone the probability, of something so fantastic happening?

How do we know what is possible or impossible? Some of us take for granted the fact that the sky is blue; familiarity blinds us from seeing its beauty. The sky might have just as easily been pink, or purple, or red; and yet, when the sky actually does become these colors as the sun sets, we marvel at its beauty. We feel awe awaken in our hearts.

God is awakening awe in us again. We will marvel like we did when we were children, and our eyes were fresh. We will wonder like we did when the world was full of strange and impossible things, like turtles, giraffes, and lightening bugs.

We will wonder like we did when the world was full of strange and impossible things, like turtles, giraffes, and lightning bugs.

Godless rationalism makes the world mundane; it confines our intellects to exist within the limited sphere of so-called “possibility”; It further stifles our creative imaginations to dream within the even smaller sphere we call “probability.”

Are we becoming like little children who both see and enter the Kingdom where anything is possible, or have we allowed disappointment and man-made doctrine to delude us into cynicism and disbelief?

 


Habbakuk 1:5 – “Look among the nations! See! Be astonished! Wonder! For I am doing something in your days— You would not believe it if you were told.

Matthew 18:3 – Then he said to them, “I can guarantee this truth: Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 19:26 – Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

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