Deep In Wonder & Full Of Joy

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When is the last time something made you feel “deep in wonder and full of joy?”

There are things that make me feel this way when I see them.  I so enjoy a beautiful sunrise on the way to work.  The sun coming up behind the mountains, with the sky the color of pale peach and pink hues.  This makes my heart happy, and thankful that my Papa God allows me to see His work of art before I start my busy day.  I also love to see geese flying in a “V” formation across the sky.  When ever I hear them, I run outside to see this wonder fly across the sky.  The moon sitting in the daytime sky after the sun has come up, is also a sight of wonder for me.  Wild flowers in the field, blowing gently on the breeze welcoming the days of summer, hearing and seeing the ocean roar, especially when the sun is setting behind the waves, makes me full of joy.

These are just a few things that do make me feel “deep in wonder and full of joy”, but they are only momentarily.

“After the Sabbath, as the first light of the new week dawned,”  (Two women were about to experience “deep wonder and full of joy” like they had never known before)…”Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to keep vigil at the tomb.  Suddenly the earth reeled and rocked under their feet as God’s angel came down from heaven, came right up to where they were standing.  He rolled back the stone and then sat on it.  Shafts of lighting blazed from him.  His garments shimmered snow-white.  The guards at the tomb were scared to death.  They were so frightened , they couldn’t move.

The angel spoke to the women: “There’s nothing to fear here.  I know you’re looking for Jesus, the One they nailed to the cross.  He is not here.  He was raised, just as he said.  Come and look at the place where he was placed.”

Have you ever tried to imagine what it may have been like for these two women?  Their Lord was crucified on a cross, then placed in a tomb.  They had come at the first light of the new week that had dawned.  The earth moving beneath them, an angel before them.  Overcome with sadness, and fright, until the angel told them not to be afraid….”He was raised, just as he said.”

“Now, get on your way quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He is risen from the dead.  He is going on ahead of you to Galilee.  You will see him there.’  That’s the message.”

“The women, deep in wonder and full of joy, lost no time in leaving the tomb.  They ran to tell the disciples.”  Matthew 28: 1-8 MSG

What an honor and privilege to be the first to tell this wonderful news!…He’s Alive!…He’s Alive!…He’s Alive!

There are many things that we can be in “deep wonder and full of joy” over, but they are only momentarily. 

Knowing that Christ died on a cross for our sins, and he arose from the grave, this for me is a “deep wonder and full joy” that lasts forever!

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