How is your sense of wonder these days? Ever-present, missing in action, or somewhere in between? In this post from our friends at MOPS, Mandy invites us to make an effort to regain our sense of wonder … and offers some hints into how and why.
Life has a way of draining the wonder out of us. We get betrayed, lose something or someone, opportunities don’t pan out, we miss a year’s worth of sleep, and slowly a layer of hardness develops. We become just a little bit more cynical and a little more worn out, completely forgetting how to be astonished. Wonder is wide-eyed. It is primal and unexpected. Wonder washes away any trace of stagnancy or hesitancy, any desire to numb the day away. It is a nod to the fact that life is wilder, weirder and more profound than we are comfortable with, and that is thrilling. So, this year we at MOPS invite you to search out wonder like our lives depend on it. Because they do.
This is GOD’s Message, the God who made earth, made it livable and lasting…Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own. – Jeremiah 33:2-3
We believe that these words weren’t just written for Jeremiah but for all of us who search for restoration. God whispers, “Call to me with your breath, and I will give you a clear understanding; supernatural insights into the things that are unknown—into that which might be chaotic, wild or waste. There are wondrous things to experience; hidden truths that can only be revealed when you ask with your breath—so ask, pray, go outside and wonder at the stars. Ask for insights that you haven’t known yet.” This is the time to experience the wonder of wide eyes and holy breaths. From empty and void to full and whole. Whenever we see some aspect of our life that is chaotic or empty or dark or broken we can invite the spirit of God to hover near – to sort out our chaos and soothe our fearful places with hope.
Jeremiah 33:3 is a dare of sorts. Jeremiah, along with the other prophets, understood the inseparable nature of miracle and change. To cry out to God and ask him to act is an invitation to bring incredible upheaval into our lives. It is also an opportunity to commune with the one who has given us our very breath. The thing about Jeremiah 33 is that it is God telling us we have keys to the throne room of heaven and the act that turns the key is simply using our breath.
Breath is important. It sustains our physical bodies but it is also a constant reminder that God is as near as our breath. God invites us into a journey of radical awareness, an opening of our minds and hearts to something bigger and more connected than we could even imagine. It seems that sometimes God wants us to take a risk. To ask for something big, something unheard of, something that is greater than we are comfortable with. And all we have to do is say it, to call it out with our breath.
We can regain our sense of wonder—wonder at how we were created; wonder at how deep and complex we are, and a wonder at our place in the universe.
Has anyone ever told you that the way you feel wonder at the night sky is the same way God feels wonder over you? That you capture the attention of God? That you don’t have to be the funniest person in the room, or the hardest worker, or the most sacrificial or have the best stories. You don’t need to keep all your plates spinning because you hold the attention of God. He enjoys you just as you are.
You have an opportunity to invite women around you to come, just as they are. A MOPS or MOMSnext group is a safe place for moms to regain a sense of wonder, take a deep breath, hear about the God who made them, and realize that they hold his attention. We at MOPS International invite you to be part of the movement of women who are opening their eyes to wonder, together. Find out more about starting a MOPS or MOMSnext group for moms in your community.