by Dana Peters-Colley
Don’t lose your wonder. Oh, did this hit me like a brick! Stay with me as I drop you off my cliff and take you back up to the heights of something wonderful.
You see, jaw dropping anguish has swarmed some people in my close and distant rotation of life. Their sufferings and terrible choices have brought catastrophic trouble. One had a heart attack, another a devastating car crash. Then, I recently discovered an old friend from high school passed away ten years ago. But the biggest hit: Someone close to me has mental issues and wound up in jail. It’s been horrific. I’ve been praying through it all, and many days Jesus has carried me. Oh, I’m so grateful to know him in all this.
After waking up this morning, I put on some worship music and headed out to my porch. There’s a spot where I sit surrounded by lush green trees and blooming flowers. Then, a song kissed the air and the words sent fragrances from heaven. Plop! My ears perked up, and I stopped. Fantastic instructions in the music: Don’t lose your wonder!
I had been in the trenches. I had been at war. But those words resonated. No matter the bad things going down, don’t lose it. Just don’t. Don’t lose your wonder.
My eyes blinked. I took a deep sigh. I breathed in slowly. The wonder. There is life, and it’s here. The sky. The clouds. The children across the way on swings. Yes, even birds chirped, and a neighborhood cat visited.
Note to self: Do not lose your wonder!
Jesus died so we would live. His words, like sticks of dynamite, blow up what the enemy tries to sling. We don’t have to stay in dark places. We live in the light.
In John 10:10, Jesus says, “I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly” (emphasis mine; NASB). He didn’t say must have. He didn’t say should. We are offered the opportunity to find Him and make Him our residence.
To get the full impact of this, let’s look at one word of that verse of Scripture, the Greek word, perissos. The peri part means all. The word literally describes abundant, but it also means all-around excess.
Hit the road, Jack! I’m in. Spectacular news, don’t you think? All-around excess is the abundant life I might tap into no matter what’s swirling around me.
That’s what I want, what about you?
No matter what tornados hit my doorstep, if I abide in Christ and live from the wisdom of the Word, it will all work out. I can do this assignment and seek God for my part.
Now let’s zero in on wonder so we don’t lose it. I think wonder lives in Christ. Wonder is the awe of it all. The extreme luxurious world God created and poured out for us to experience. It’s that abundance we were created to encounter. Discovery. Mystery. Adventure. All of that resides in wonder—the spark of life. Our senses come alive with God in our midst.
We can rest, open our Bibles, and discover Jesus right inside the Word. We can encounter the supernatural wonder that pours out: the revelation; the understanding; the wisdom. It’s all in Jesus. And it’s wonderful.
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away. Matthew 24:35 NASB
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About the author: Dana Peters-Colley is a creative who loves Jesus. She has been tucked away developing a brand of Christian parable books, faith-based fiction, and inspirational books as well as screenplays. Dana holds a B.A. in journalism, studied screenwriting at U.C.L.A., and is a former long-time Disney creative leader and producer. When the Lord got ahold of Dana everything marvelously changed. She is developing a heavenly-inspired brand line that brings stories to build family, inspire discovery, and teach kingdom ways. See danapeterscolley.com to connect to her spiritual blog and gaze at her adventures.
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