LENTEN CONNECTIONS: Easter Wonder

Look among the nations!

Observe! Be astonished! Wonder!

Because I am doing something in your days—

You would not believe if you were told.  (Habakkuk 1:5)

Have you ever wondered about wonder? Recently, I accompanied my husband on a business trip to Vancouver, where we met his colleague from the Netherlands. Accustomed to living below sea level, traveling atop of dikes, and navigating around recurring canals, I was certain our Dutch friend found my antics on the seawall amusing. When I was not hanging over the railing wondering whether the tide was rising or receding, I was insisting that we walk to the very end of the pier so I could become acquainted with the ocean. Still he tagged along patiently, humouring me, or so I thought. But soon, I realized he loved the ocean; his close association with it had not made him oblivious to the wonder of it.

“El Oseh Phela” is a name of God which means the “God Who Works Wonders.” A key text, Deut. 26:8, states: And the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great deeds of terror, with signs and wonders.

God brought the Israelites out of captivity using three types of mighty acts: powerful intervention (a mighty hand and an outstretched arm), intense amazement (great deeds of terror), and profound significance (signs and wonders). The symbolism of the mighty hand/outstretched arm allows us to picture God intentionally influencing history and, indeed, our ongoing world. Great deeds of terror translated as “awe,” “reverence” or “wonder” refer to the intense amazement we feel when faced with the incomprehensibleness of God. And the profound significance of signs and wonders ought to point us to special acts of God aimed at nourishing our faith. The “God Who Works Wonders” does so to reveal his power and his glory!

Easter has come, let’s not lose the wonder of it! Do you marvel at God’s powerful intervention–the sending of his son to enter into our story? Should we not be utterly amazed when we wrestle with the idea of God becoming human, living with us, and dying for us? And what is more wondrous than the glory of the resurrection? Nothing! Jesus arose, he conquered death, he lives eternally, is this not the most astonishing wonder?

Right now, spend some moments wondering. Take time to observe, be astonished, and wonder at the new life given to us because of Jesus’ victory over sin and death. Pause to celebrate, for the God who worked the miracle of resurrection is still working wonders beyond our understanding today.

Prayer: Christ has risen! He has risen indeed! Lord God, fill us today with the marvel of the resurrection. The gift of eternal life has been given to us, thank you God! Help us, we pray, not to lose the wonder of it. Guide us as we go forward in the “new of life” with you. Amen.

Contributed by Daryl Ginter

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