Every Thursday, @MuellerHolly invites us to link up to her blog and share stories from our spiritual journey. Today’s theme is “Wonder and Awe”.
I look forward to the call to reflect each week, and consider my journey. It is a blessing personally, and hopefully by sharing these reflections, others are blessed as well. But today, I write from a part of the journey that seems more uphill than I would have chosen. I write knowing how blessed I am, while not necessarily feeling so. And I accept that this is part of the journey.
One of the things I most appreciate in others is when they are vulnerable. When friends are willing to show their less-than-pretty side. When colleagues are able to share their weaknesses. When someone risks their supposed image, and lets me inside to see the bumps and bruises, faults and fears.
I appreciate that I serve a God who embraces all facets of me – the good, the bad, and the ugly. I love reading the Psalms, because David is so real – sometimes praising, sometimes complaining, sometimes whining, but always real with his emotions. He feels safe coming to our Father, knowing he can be authentic. And that example lets me know it is safe for me to be authentic as well.
This is where I find myself in wonder and awe today. I am in wonder and awe of a God who is both a Lion and a Lamb.
“Then one of the elders said to me, ‘Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.’ Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders.” ~ Rev. 5:5-6
I am in awe of a Mighty God, who allows himself to be a safe, sacrificial, gentle Lamb, loving me with all my faults, sins, doubts, and fears. I am in wonder of a Mighty God that takes on meekness, a Lion who fiercely protects me, yet laid down his life for me. I am in wonder and awe of a God who is fully Lion, and fully Lamb, and knows which I need and when I need it.