Sunday, March 9, 2014

Filled With Awestruck Wonder

By Jill Daniels
Music draws me to God. 
There are a couple of songs that God has truly spoken to me through in the past couple of years. They remind me of sweet times with him. It’s almost like a familiar hug or hello from God. Every time I hear these songs on the radio or in church I feel like God is speaking to me, since he knows how much those lyrics mean to me. My face gleans a smile and my eyes instantly look up with a grateful heart that God knew in that moment I needed to hear from him.

This past week I have heard Revelation Song by Phillips Craig and Dean multiple times. I really felt like I was having a conversation with God about how great he is, as I remembered the first time this song impacted my heart.

Here's the story: You’ve probably heard me speak about my trip to Rome, Italy during my junior summer of college. It was there that this song was imprinted in my heart. Or rather, it was our reflection trip towards the end of my time there in Tuscany where it really stuck.

I had gotten to know the thirty students and staff that were there on the trip for about five weeks, and we were about to all head back to the states. We took a couple of days to retreat to Tuscany to talk about what we had learned and how we saw God impact the city we were in. The place we stayed at was a farm on a cliff (with an infinity pool!) in the mountains of Tuscany. To say it was breathtaking would be an understatement.

God really met me at this place. Being in a city for five weeks with so much noise and people everywhere wasn’t a place that I heard God’s voice that often. So with the silence and beautiful nature I saw in Tuscany, it was truly a breath of fresh air to my heart. 

One night some of the students and I decided we were going to go lay out by the pool and look at the stars. One of the guys brought his guitar and we started to sing worship songs while laying on the pool deck and looking up. This is where the song that we had sung over and over on the trip really spoke to me. Let me give you a glimpse of some of the lyrics:

Clothed in rainbows, of living color
Flashes of lighting, rolls of thunder
Blessing and honor, strength and 
Glory and power be
To You the Only Wise King

Filled with wonder,
Awestruck wonder
At the mention of Your Name
Jesus, Your Name is Power
Breath, and Living Water
Such a marvelous mystery.

The imagery of the rainbows, lighting, thunder and the awestruck feeling of seeing God is exactly what I was feeling at that very moment as I watched the stars on that cliff in the mountains.

I feel like I got a glimpse of what the psalmist was saying in Psalm 27:4, “One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.”

I wish I could have stayed in that spot for years to just be able “to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord.”

From that moment on God has spoken to me in beautiful places. Every time I see something breathtakingly beautiful the lyrics, "Filled with wonder / awestruck wonder / at the mention of Your Name,” pop into my head. I am completely filled with wonder when I think about how God’s beauty is beyond anything that we will ever see here on this earth. Yet, he still chooses to speak to us in those places to point our hearts toward eternity, reminding us of what is to come!

God, we thank you so much for your beauty! We are so awestruck at how beautiful you have made this earth and the power you have just as we mention your name! We are filled with wonder at the way you choose to speak to us through the nature you have given us and the whisper of eternity and how beautiful it will be to be with you in heaven! Thank you for a renewed heart through this winter season! You are beautiful! 

Amen. 

[Photo courtesy of flickr.com ]

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