I don’t know if you saw it a few weeks ago, but there was a rare lunar phenomenon associated with June’s full moon. It is called a Strawberry Moon where June’s full moon hits on the summer solstice (the longest day of the year). It last happened 70 years ago and will not happen again until 2062! For those who gazed up in the evening sky saw something amazing and rare. I know when I took a moment to view this wonder, I was amazed. The moon was huge and reddish in color. I was reminded that we live on a planet, in a universe, and part of a solar system that all works to create night and day with amazing, wow producing, sunsets and sunrises and seasons (well we don’t have much of seasons in this part of the world, but our near perfect weather does change slightly). Yet, that wow moment opened up for me the joy of wonder, amazement, and discovery. This wow factor gave me a brief vacation from the stresses of the day, a pause to catch my breath, and pulled my eyes off of me and onto something much bigger.
I experienced this same wow factor as I looked up at the night sky this past week as I was up at Hume Lake Christian Camp in Kings Canyon National Park. The sky was ablaze with stars, some big, some small, some twinkling, some in constellations like the ‘Big Dipper’. I even saw a shooting star. Wow! I felt so small in the vastness of space. Again, this wow moment gave me a break and reset my perspective that there is much more to life than what I think.
The Bible records a few of these wow moments. Listen to their wow factor:
Psalm 19:1-3 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. 2 Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. 3 There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard.
Job 12:7-9 7 “But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; 8 or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. 9 Who among all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this?
When we stop for a moment and let what God created wow us, it has an effect on us. Our attention is diverted off us and onto something much greater, on to God. This wow factor can even encourage us, if we let ourselves trust in God.
Isaiah 40:28-31 28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. 29 He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. 30 Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; 31 but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
To ‘wait for the LORD’ is to place trust in God, being wowed by His greatness, His sovereignty, His power and His love.
So take some time these next few weeks and be wowed. Maybe take a moment and watch the sunrise, find some stars, enjoy some beautiful flowers, and let what God has created wow you.
Church can be a great place to be wowed by the teachings of God. At our church we are in a series taking about the amazing, wow factor of God. If you are not already connected to a church, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or one of our branch churches in either Los Alamitos or Garden Grove this week. Our website has all the information you would need. www.cypresschurch.net . If you are able, join us as we are wowed by our amazing God.
Seeking those wow moments along with you,