After finishing the book, “Wonderstruck” by Margaret Feinberg, I opted into her daily “21 Days of Wonder Challenge” to further my awakening to the wonders of God that are all around . . . but that I always seem to miss.
Today we are on day #17 and the subject is: God. Her challenge was this:
“With a blank sheet of paper and pen in hand, along with a Bible nearby, begin making a list of the characteristics of God. Write down various names for God. Record attributes of God. List promises of God. Then spend some time thanking God simply for who he is and offering words of adoration to him. The wonder of God’s presence awaits you.”
While this could be an easier exercise for some, I honestly admit that I had a hard time getting started. Many attributes and characteristics did come to mind, but for this challenge, I thought it would be more relevant to journal the attributes of God that have a striking importance right now in my life’s journey.
That’s where I had a hard time starting my list.
At this point, I opened to the Psalms. There are so many things about God for which I am so glad and grateful, and they are all listed in the Psalms. He is majestic, powerful, redeeming, all-knowledgeable. He is the ultimate Guide, Comforter and our Salvation. And so much more.
Finally, a word came to me. Confidant.
This wasn’t of my own thinking — I do believe that my Father was telling me in that moment of something about Him that I didn’t know enough about! In the Psalms, I started digging for treasure.
“… trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.”
(Psalms 62:8: NLT)
This verse reminded me that it is okay for me to pour out my heart to Him and to tell Him anything and everything that is on my mind! I can weep before him, laugh with Him, share my soul with Him. He wants me to, and better yet, He is going to reciprocate.
“The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.”
(Psalms 25:14 NIV)
Jesus said to his disciples near the end of his earthly ministry: “I no longer call you slaves [servants], because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.” (John 15:15 NLT)
There was a realization that although I am happy to do that things that God wants me to do, He is asking me to be more than His servant. He wants to be my friend, one to whom I can confide anything and He can do the same in return. What a wondrous revelation!
Margaret said today in her blog: “Wondrous delight is found in the presence of God.” Oh how true that was for me today!