I’m talking about the 2-5 year old range. Especially that 2-3 year old though. So many things are still new. There are so many things they have yet to experience; yet to discover, touch, smell, taste. I love watching my own Son – Landen – discover new things and stare at snow and how it glistens as the sunlight dances upon the ice crystals. How he gazes upon an airplane flying overhead, or how Landen and his Mama look for the moon just so he can point it out to her.
There is such a great sense of wonderment about Children that if you were to catch a glimpse of that child right in the middle of a moment of “awe,” it would almost allow you a brief moment of childlike awe yourself as you see and experience what it is that is making that child stand in awe.
In the photo above, there is an older woman standing to the left and behind the little boy in front and she is in the middle of that awe experience. The child, clearly cringing his neck to gaze upon the brilliance of the lighted spheres that dangle from the ceiling of the dimly lit room, sees something that everyone else has surely missed. Out of everyone in the room there is only ONE person standing in amazement of something others find trivial, easy to ignore, or not even worth a second glance. The boy sees this beautiful, magical, awe-inspiring, device that intrigues him so much, he’ll stand like that until his neck hurts…then readjust his stance so as to gaze some more.
It’s now wonder Jesus made the statement about children that He did…
Luke 18:17 -“Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”
How awesome the testimony of a believer’s life who, by their sheer love for God; their standing in awe of Him, would cause an onlooker to stop and gaze upon that moment of awe. The sad reality is though, too many Sundays, we stand in church frustrated, upset, or aggravated about something trivial, and allow that to steal our attention away from God instead of cringing our necks as we worship the God of the universe Who gave His only Son’s life so that we might have life eternal.
If during a WORSHIP service we can’t even stand in awe of God, how do we ever expect an unbelieving world to have an opportunity to gaze upon any moment of awe within our own praise and adoration of God?
STAND IN AWE
1 Chronicles 16:25 – For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and he is to be held in awe above all gods.
Psalm 33:8 – Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!
Psalm 65:8 – so that those who dwell at the ends of the earth are in awe at your signs. You make the going out of the morning and the evening to shout for joy.
The greatest thing that happens as you stand in awe of God and all of His glory is that moment of worship. That moment of pure, unadulterated, let-my-words-be-few, holy moment. It’s worship. The second greatest thing is when an onlooker sees that moment of awe and not only admires the truth and innocence, but desires it as well. Like the boy in the photograph…sure, there was a wedding going on. There was music playing, people talking and dancing, and many other distractions all around. But that boy didn’t care about all of that “important stuff.” He was too busy cringing his neck to view what was beautiful. What was glorious.
Don’t let this world distract you from what is most important. Stand in awe of God every day. Not because someone will see you, but because He’s worthy of us cringing our necks…and when it hurts…readjust your stance.