Recapturing Awe

aweIn the Bible we often read about how the people of God were in awe of God and Jesus:

The Israelites trembled when they say the thunder and lightning and trumpet blasts announcing the presence of God on Mt. Sinai.

The wise men bowed down and worshiped Jesus when they came into his presence bearing gifts.

The disciples marveled at Jesus when he stilled the storm.

A Samaritan healed of leprosy fell at Jesus’ feet, giving thanks.

Unadulterated awe is something that is hard to come by these days in our modern society. What is awe? Psychologist Dacher Keltner puts it this way, “Awe is the feeling of being in the presence of something vast or beyond human scale, that transcends our current understanding of things” (Parade Magazine, October 9, 2016, p. 6).

Looking at the stars, standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon or staring up at El Capitan in Yosemite can elicit a feeling of awe for us. But in general, it seems that we have lost that sensation of  awe in our daily lives.

But awe-inspiring circumstances continue to exist all around us, We just need to be on the lookout for them. A flower blooms where once we  saw only dirt. The sun rises each morning to dispel the darkness of night. The clouds drop rain upon dry land. Awe-inspiring, indeed. But we can so easily take them all for granted.

When we take a step back and actually think about the many things we see every day, we can’t help but see the amazing hand of God at work.

That is why it is good to us to recapture of sense of awe on a regular basis. At Newcomers High School in Long Island City, N.Y., for example, teacher Julie Mann takes her students on “Awe Walks” to connect with nature and art (Parade Magazine, October 9, 2016, p. 7).

We can do the same thing to connect ourselves more and more to God.

“Awe Walks” give people a sense that life is still good, Mann said.

“Awe Walks” can help us as Christians remember that God is still good.

So get out and “Awe Walk” as much as you can to reconnect with God and renew your spirit. Just a jaunt around the block or a quick hike in the woods can give your faith life a a boost. Be awed by something every day!

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