How to Experience a Familiar God with Fresh Eyes
By Margaret Feinberg
December 11, 2012
Margaret Feinberg is author of Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God (Worthy Publishing) releasing Christmas Day. Follow her on Pinterest, Instagram or Twitter @mafeinberg.
Scripture suggests we are meant to live in wild awe and amazement of God. From the first splash of creation to the miraculous provision during the Exodus to the announcement of Christ’s arrival, those who encounter God are taken aback with a deep sense of wonder.
Yet all too often, we lose sight of the wonders of God.
Whether you’ve never felt any sense of amazement regarding God, have misplaced your sense of awe somewhere along the way or just want a greater sense of marvel in your life, here are five ways to begin living wonderstruck.
1. See the world through a child’s eyes.
When was the last time you glimpsed world through someone under the age of 8? They’re naturally gifted at seeing everything from a different perspective—and not just because of their height. They notice details, colors, textures and sounds that we often miss. Kids have an uncanny ability to find joy in the smallest discoveries and simplest experiences. If you don’t have kids yet, spend time with your nieces or nephews. Offer to babysit for a friend. And when you do, get down on their level—crouching to your knees or even sitting on the floor to grab hold of childlike wonder.
When was the last time you glimpsed world through someone under the age of 8?
2. Snap photos of the wonder of creation.
Even if you’re on Instagram or Pinterest yet (gasp!), take your smartphone or camera outside and begin snapping photos of the delights in nature. Capture photos of the royal blue canvas of the sky, the solo down-feather puffy cloud, the texture of a thin tree branch or emerald leaf. As you look through the lens, ask God to open your eyes to see the world with greater gratitude, appreciating the expansiveness and intricacies of God’s design. Post what you see online with the hashtag #livewonderstruck to share with others.
3. Spend an afternoon with a lifelong friend.
We live in a world where you can buy just about anything online—guns and ammo, the perfect skinny jeans, a plane ticket to the Congo. But one of the things money will never be able to buy is a 10- or 20-year-old friendship. Carve out time to spend a few hours with someone who knew you way back when—the friend who still loved you when you had that haircut, went through that breakup or survived that crazy stage of life. Drink in the sweet warmth of knowing and being known by rekindling of the wonder of friendship in your life.
4. Dive into the exploration of science.
Though some portray science and faith as bitter enemies, this dynamic duo are actually intimate friends. Science is laced with the wonders of God and can leave us breathless in the wake of its discoveries. Pick up a copy of The Beautiful Universe by Brian Greene to find yourself awestruck by string theory. Spend time studying the inner workings of a beehive to be reminded of the brilliance of God. Research one animal or insect and get to know everything you can about it—you’ll be awed before you know it.
Be reminded of the brilliance of God.
5. Go deeper into Scripture with a theologian.
Maybe you’ve grown up in church, read the Bible from cover to cover every year for the last decade or even lead a Bible study. You’re well-versed in the idea that the wonders of God lace the pages of Scripture, but even more waits to be discovered. Pick up the latest offerings from N.T. Wright, Craig Blomberg, Darrell Bock and go deeper. New treasures are waiting to be discovered.
Indeed, the wonders of God are all around you. Don’t wait another day to live wonderstruck.