I have hardly been able to contain my excitement over my #ONEWORD and vision for 2019:
As with my previous words (invest, restore, and shine), this word came to me in the fall and then I started seeing and hearing it everywhere. Most recently in the new Mary Poppins movie. And each time it popped up, I saw it in a new light with deeper nuances, more meaningful connotations.
Merriam-Webster defines it this way as a noun:
1. a. a cause of astonishment or admiration: MARVEL
2. the quality of exciting amazed admiration
3. a. rapt attention or astonishment at something awesomely mysterious or new to one’s experience
b. a feeling of doubt or uncertainty
And this way as a verb:
1. a. to be in a state of wonder
b. to feel surprise
2. to feel curiosity or doubt
Some of my favorite synonyms for WONDER are awe, fascination, ponder, marvel, muse on, puzzle over, speculate about, be curious, and to be amazed.
Can’t you just picture a child’s fascination with Christmas lights… Eyes wide and twinkling. Mouth agape, a smile nearly cracking wide. Breath sucked in sharply. Hands clasped.
Have you lost your sense of wonder?
But this is sadly not a state we seem to accept in adults. Perhaps even more so as Christians. This not knowing all the answers or being unsure of ourselves or God or what His Word says. We are expected to have it all together and anticipate all the questions and know all the answers. We aren’t supposed to ask too many questions or appear too overjoyed or surprised by anything.
But that’s what I want more of out of life this year. For me. And for you.
So, WONDER is what I hope to cultivate here. I want this to be a safe place for us to ask questions; to ponder together, just as Katie did with our first Word Nerd Wednesday post earlier this week. I want to grow our awe of God beyond what we ever imagined. I hope we can all experience Him and His love in ways that are awesomely mysterious and new to us.
Let’s Rediscover Wonder Together
Our Word Nerd Wednesday posts will be focused on the names for God all year long. We’ll look at places where WONDER, in its many forms, shows up in Scripture. And I hope to share your stories of WONDER, too. I’ve got a few lined up for you already, but I would love to hear from you if God has knocked your socks off in some way. If you have questions you’ve been afraid to ask your Pastor or other Christians, I would be honored if you’d share them with me. I certainly don’t claim to have all the answers, but I’ll do some research or pass your question anonymously on to trusted scholars for their wisdom so we can all learn something new.
Because, despite what the world may tell us, not all who WONDER are lost.
I do believe there is a right way and a wrong way to WONDER. So, next week I’ll be laying a few ground rules and breaking down some guidelines for our year of WONDER.
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Have you chosen a word for 2019? I’d love to hear it! Comment below and tell me why you picked that particular one this year!
“And amazement seized them all, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, ‘We have seen extraordinary things today.'”
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