Wonder

I need to worship because without it I lose a sense of wonder and gratitude and plod through life with blinders on.

John Ortberg
The Heavens declare the glory of the Lord.

Many Spirit-filled authors have exhausted the thesaurus in order to describe God with the glory He deserves. His perfect holiness, by definition, assures us that our words can’t contain Him. Isn’t it a comfort to worship a God we cannot exaggerate?

Francis Chan

How will we ever be able to thank our God enough for all He has done for us? How will we ever be able to thank Him for saving us from what we deserve? His gift to us of His Son, Jesus Christ who died on the cross to redeem us, is priceless.

Worship is how we can express our love, adoration, admiration and gratitude for His presence in our lives. “The Christian breathes in God’s goodness and exhales worship,” says Brandon Hadley. Worship is much more than singing. We can worship God with unlimited creativity. We can worship with dance, painting, writing, trusting, there are no limits to the ways that He can be worshipped. Romans 12:1 says I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

We must develop a worship vocabulary. Meditate on the name, nature, attributes of the Lord. I love to practice using the alphabet to speak his attributes as I try to drift off to sleep. It is much more fulfilling than counting sheep. For A, one of the attributes of God is approachable, B is benevolent and so forth.

That childlike sense of wonder is vital to the act of worship. Are we awestruck by His goodness and the richness of His blessings and His love? Are we able to comprehend where we would be without His intervention in our lives and without His mercy? When we experience a life changing encounter with God, worship is the natural impulse. Our only job is to surrender to Him on a daily basis so that he can daily give us more of Himself.

Worship is the single most important thing in life. AW Tozer writes, “Why did Christ come? Why was He conceived? Why was He born? Why was He crucified? Why did He rise again? Why is He now at the right hand of the Father? The answer to all these questions is, ‘In order that He might make worshippers out of rebels, in order that He might restore us again to the place of worship we knew when we were first created.”

John S. Miller
The Beauty of His Creation

Toto, we are not in Kansas Anymore

Toto, I’ve got a feeling we are not in Kansas anymore.”

Dorothy from the Wizard of OZ
Ridge Haven Cono

The farmer/windmill man and I are not in Kansas anymore.  We arrived at Ridge Haven Cono camp in Walker, IA yesterday.  We are on another one month mission with the SOWERS (Servants on Wheels Ever Ready) group.  We have met the great couples we will be working with this month and are delighted with the range of experience and talents.  The Lord knows how to put together a good team.  

Camped with the other SOWER couples.

This country is beautiful farmland.  This is right up our alley.  The farmer/windmill man loves to take pictures of barns.  This area has an ample supply of models for his creative juices.  The camp is located next to a soybean field and across the road they are raking hay.  

Barns are Beautiful!

Today we learned the interesting history of this camp as it began as a school and took in lots of missionary kids for their education while parents were overseas.  International students were also educated in this place.  They have a sister camp in the Smokey Mountains.  The differences in these camps and terrain is extreme.  

“If we walk far enough,” says Dorothy, “we shall sometime come to someplace.”

Dorothy from Wizard of OZ

Our time during shelter at home was productive and enjoyable.  I spent time putting together quilt blocks and finished a quilt top while the farmer was also assembling pieces of wood to make a butcher block for his bride and a long work table for himself.  We were finally able to see most of the grandchildren (not all together but a few at a time).  We had four of them spend a week with us before we left and we camped with some of the others.  We were so thankful for Facetime and other means to keep in touch.  

Our church family was able to start attending together again two weeks ago with several precautions and I didn’t realize how much I missed worshiping together with fellow believers in the church setting.  Tears flowed the first Sunday we were able to have some of us gather again.  

“Toto did not really care whether he was in Kansas or the Land of Oz so long as Dorothy was with him; but he knew the little girl was unhappy, and that made him unhappy too.” 

Dorothy of the Wizard of OZ

2020 has been an interesting year full of surprises and troubling times.  Maybe this year has taught us much.  Maybe it has shown us that faith, people, family and friends are more important than anything else.  Maybe being with those we love no matter where we are, is more important than where we are on the ladder of success and that the happiness of others makes a huge difference to our happiness.  

“A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others.” 

the Wizard of OZ
Drive In Church

We attended church this morning with a delightful flock at a drive in service. The pastor had a powerful message for us all. The farmer and I decided we could come to this church again and hope to while we are in the area. It is so precious to be with like minded people who love the Lord.