Thursday, September 6, 2012

I Wonder

"I wonder..." Its a simple enough statement. Most of use it frequently. Many of us used it today. Now stop and think about this statement. Look at it close. I wonder. Wonder. 
Merriam-Webster defines wonder in this way: 

won-der (noun) \ˈwən-dər\
1 a: a cause of astonishment or admiration : marvel <its a wonder you weren't killed><the pyramid is a wonder to behold>
   b: miracle

2 : the quality of exciting amazed admiration

3 a: a rapt attention or astonishment at something awesomely mysterious or new to one's experience
   b: a feeling of doubt or uncertainty

wonder (verb)

intransitive verb

1 a: to be in a state of wonder
   b: to feel surprise
   c: to feel curiosity or doubt <wondering about the future>

transitive verb

    : to be curious or in doubt about <wonders  why birds sing>

Well now that that's out of the way you are probably thinking well thanks for the vocabulary lesson but why is that important. This is why.

I wonder if you have ever stopped to just wonder. Just wonder about stuff. 

Life, love, clouds, mountains, puppies, ants, dirt, rocks, people, men, women, children, air, wind, work, careers, whether to choose the chicken or salmon. Wonder why am I here, what is my purpose, am I loved, am I doomed to failure over and over and over again. Is God real, is He as powerful as some of these nut jobs say, I wonder what He's like.

I wonder at a lot of things. I wonder why anyone would choose Pepsi over Coke, I wonder why someone would choose vanilla over chocolate. I wonder why most people lie and say they like ketchup and then ingest that nasty stuff. I wonder how, when face with the full magnitude of the love of God, people can still turn their backs and walk away. I wonder how "believers" knowing full well the ramifications of a life lived apart from Christ remain silent while those around them struggle through a living hell. I wonder why many "believers" make a sin and Jesus sandwich in their day to day lives.(ex. facebook post about getting drunk and trashed, then a post click like if you love Jesus, then a post about sex stuff with an almost completely naked person on it, then click like if Jesus is your Lord scroll past for the devil, then a post about slappin the taste out of someone's mouth and so on and so on) I wonder am I truly sold out for Christ, am I truly giving Him all of me? Sometimes I wonder how long will I struggle with this sin. I wonder why am I so afraid to talk to people. And on and on.

I also wonder in this way, "Wow, the stars are so beautiful tonight. The storm rolling in is so magnificent and powerful. That breeze feels so good. Thank you Lord."

Seems like I wonder a lot. I guess I do. But through all my wonderings I always ask God about 'em. Sometimes He shows me in His word answers to my wonderings, sometimes its through a friend, or a song, or a butterfly on a breeze. The answer doesn't always come in the same way but it does come. He tells us "ask and it shall be given, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you."(luke 11:9) The idea isn't ask and BAM there it is. Its ask and keep on asking, seeking and keep on seeking, knock and keep on knocking. Keep going till the answer comes. The preceding verses point that out with the whole irritating neighbor who wont stop bugging the guy after dark for some bread for a guest of his that arrived unexpectedly. The text states that because of his persistence the neighbor will give him whatever he needs. How much more so God who is good and never asleep.


What do you wonder about?

P.S. Still waiting on an answer for the whole Pepsi over Coke thing.