Consider: The Wonders!

11 08 2010

Part 9 of “Consider This”

I am reading a book called The Book Of Awesome by Neil Pasricha. He says, sometimes we forget the things that make us smile,

“That’s why on one chilly spring night I started a tiny website called 1000 Awesome Things. For a boring guy with a nine-to-five job, it became a getaway from my everyday…with so much sad news and bad news pouring down upon us, it’s fun to stop for a minute and share a universal high five with the rest of humanity.” (P.1-2)

The website turned into a book; here are some of the chapter titles:

  1. The other side of the pillow
  2. Old, dangerous playground equipment
  3. Illegal naps
  4. Being the first table to get called up for the dinner buffet at a wedding
  5. Fixing electronics by smacking them
  6. When you push the button for the elevator and it’s already there
  7. The five second rule
  8. Using Q-tips the way you’re not supposed to use them
  9. The thank-you wave
  10. Getting grass stains

Every chapter ends with the same word: AWESOME. For example, in one really short chapter titled, “Neighbors with pools,” Pasricha writes,

“Hey there, neighbor. Thanks a lot for paying for that massive, expensive pool! Great job installing it, heating it, chlorinating it, vacuuming it, and skimming it. You sure it’s cool if I take you up on that offer to swing by for a quick dip? AWESOME!” (212)

You can’t read a book called, “The Book of Awesome” without smiling; you can’t read it without getting the feeling he is describing. Awesome things are (for the most part) awesome universally.

So here is a contribution of awesomeness:

“Consider the Wonders of God”

Take a long, hard look at the wonders of God; it is infinitely impossible to grasp! They are more amazing than anything you or I could ever imagine or figure out.

He pulls water up out of the sea, distills it, and fills up his rain-cloud cisterns.
Then the skies open up and pour out soaking showers on everyone.

Does anyone have the slightest idea how this happens?

Look how he arranges the clouds, how he speaks in thunder? Just look at that lightning, his sky-filling light show illumining the dark depths of the sea! This isn’t just weather, these are the symbols of his sovereignty, his generosity, his loving care. He hurls arrows of light, taking sure and accurate aim. Whether for discipline or grace or extravagant love, he makes sure they make their mark. The High God roars in the thunder.

Whenever this happens, my heart stops— I’m stunned, I can’t catch my breath. Listen to it! Listen to his thunder, the rolling, rumbling thunder of his voice. His word thundering so wondrously, his mighty acts staggering our understanding.

He orders the snow, ‘Blanket the earth!’ and the rain, ‘Soak the whole countryside!’
No one can escape the weather—it’s there. He shines a spotlight into caves of darkness, hauls deepest darkness into the noonday sun and no one can escape from God. It is a wonder to behold!

Ask the animals what they think—let them teach you about God’s wonders; let the birds tell you what’s going on. Put your ear to the earth—learn the basics. Listen—the fish in the ocean will tell you their stories. Isn’t it clear that they all know and agree that God is sovereign, that he holds all things in his hand—Every living soul, yes, every breathing creature?

Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked? Who can make crooked what he has made straight? God’s works are so great, worth a lifetime of study! Splendor and beauty mark his craft.

His generosity never gives out. His miracles are his memorial—this God of Grace, this God of Love. All he does is just and good; what God does is forever true; his promises never fail, his Covenant will be kept forever.

He’s so wondrous, personal and holy, worthy of our respect.

AWESOME! *

— Teresa Klassen

* “Consider the Wonders of God” is a collage of scripture From Job 12, 36-37, Ecclesiastes 7, Psalm 111 from the NIV translation and The Message paraphrase.

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