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What is it about a sunset?  Why do we gaze expectantly at sunsets?  There are two really  interesting things about sunsets, they are always spectacular and they are always different.  There is a sense of wonder and awe when we look into a sunset.  We never really look at a sunset – we are often drawn in. Something or someone is calling us, reminding us that there must be more, so much more.  Is this just what we hope for and just cannot see?  Either way most people would agree that sunsets are a thing of awe, beauty and wonder.

When I admire the wonder of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in worship of the Creator ~ Mahatma Gandhi

I wonder then why we so quickly forget these moments of wonder and beauty?  Life has a way  of turning these sunsets into forgotten overcast memories.  As we grow up and grow old I think we can forget to wonder, look for wonder and experience it.

Perhaps wonder is God’s way of tapping us on the shoulder and getting our attention. Perhaps a sunset is God’s way of distracting us, and getting us to rediscover something – something buried and forgotten in the mists of life. Something important and critical.

Wonder demands questions of us. Questions like, What are you trying to teach me here?  What issues in my heart are you trying to raise through this?  What is it you want me to see?  What are you asking me to release and let go of?  Wonder asks us to respond.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. ~ Ecclesiastes 3:11

Wonder can also be captured, reproduced and repackaged.  Just walk into your favourite store and someone will try to sell it back to you.  How many pictures of sunsets have you taken?  Not really the same as the real thing is it? There is no accountability in a photo of a sunset.

So what to do with wonder?  Lately I’ve been challenged to re-discover wonder and just be thankful for the things that I have.  Perhaps wonder just needs to be enjoyed in the present moment.  It may just be about being present in the wonder.  Hard to do, but important.  Next time you set the sun set – see it change colour, experience the wonder and notice what this does to you, for you.

This week may you rediscover wonder, be present, if only for a moment and let it speak to your soul. There may be something you need to hear, something you need to see.

Rediscovering wonder

May you rediscover wonder
In the sunset of your years
May you choose to cling to hope
In the twilight of your fears

May you rediscover wonder
In the worship you have sung
May it remind you of your creator
Like in the days when you were young

May you rediscover wonder
Let it heal the hurts you hold
May you also forgive yourself
Before you grow too old

May you rediscover wonder
Let it flood your aching soul
Will you let His love astound you?
Will you let Him make you whole?

May you rediscover wonder
May it release you from your fear
May you rediscover beauty
In the twilight of your years

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Designed and fashioned within each of us is a giant-sized God Hole in our heart. This hole is really more of an abyss.  God put it there for Himself. All of us have this hole whether we care to admit it or not.  Most of the movies we watch, the songs we listen to, the books we read all speak to us of this hole, this gap, this abyss.  We all know this to be true if we are brutally honest with ourselves.

We all define this space in different ways.  This empty abyss goes by many different names. Some call it restlessness, emptiness, longing, rawness, sadness, frustration, depression, neediness. I wonder what you call it?

If we are completely honest we all try and fill this hole with different things work, sport, hobbies, church, TV, Facebook, blogging, and especially the busyness of life. 

Over time we come to realise that as much as we shove things into this hole it just doesn’t fill us up.  It was set there for a purpose, for God and his eternal shape:

He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
~ Ecclesiastes 3:10-12

Perhaps it is not up to us to discover, find, or realise this desire, this aching need to fill our heart.  Perhaps it is us to wait, rest and allow God to create in our heart His desire for us.  It may just be important, actually vital, to set this space aside for God, and just guard our heart.  Our God is a jealous God, he desires to dwell in our heart and create our desire.

God owns that space and He’s not renting it out to anyone else. It’s set apart. For Him and Him alone. “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” (Proverbs 4:23 NIV).

So what about you my friend? Do you have this hollow space? Will you let Him fill the space and create something new, something beautiful in your life. What have you got to lose?  Here or somewhere this week will you share your story.  It may just help someone discover the desire that God has set in their own heart.  Stories are powerful.

God Shaped Hole

In my heart there lies a hole
Shaped by my God within my soul

In my soul there is lack
Shaped by my mind when painted black

This black is only cast at night
As shadows only fall from light

As I craft my words of royal blue
They fall on my colour palette new

God makes me whole within my heart
And creates in me his work of art

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There is a mystery hidden deep within every heart. This beautiful mystery beckons us.  It cries out in our discontent, from the depths of our dissatisfaction. It softly whispers in the fog of our forgotten dreams. Dreams once full of purpose, desire and greatness. It captivates us and suggests that there must be more to life, so much more. We often catch fleeting glimpses of this mystery, but struggle to put words to it. This mystery quietly moulds and shapes our lives, day after day.

Many seasons may pass until this mystery resurfaces again. At times it haunts you, other times it sets your heart on fire. What you do know is that each time it returns you recognise it as your nemesis, the unfulfilled longing in your heart.  This hidden secret, this beautiful mystery is your search for your own meaning that has been set and formed in your heart from the beginning of time.

Do you want to live the life you have been designed for? Have you been seeking this life you were born for, but it eludes you?  Do you want to discover this secret? Do you dare to believe in your own beautiful mystery?

There is good news. You are not alone.  Everyone is searching for their own beautiful mystery; everyone is longing to discover the secret desire of their heart.

He has made everything beautiful in its time.
He has also set eternity in the human heart;
yet no one can fathom what God has done
from beginning to end.

~ Ecclesiastes 3:10-12

Our lives are full of twists and turns, long straight roads, mountains and deep valleys. You will recognise this journey as it is has all the familiar signposts of faith and doubt, of opportunity and regret, of hope and failure.  It is a journey of paradox. We all travel this same road.

This week my friend, sit back and let God whisper softly to you of his extreme and relentless love. Your heart will open. God will lead you closer to the desire of your heart, your own beautiful mystery. This is God’s desire for you.

Lose and find yourself in God’s words. Dare to dream and experience this secret mystery. Discover the beautiful mystery of what God has set in your heart. You will never be the same.

The Secret

Brace yourself and I shall speak
Listen when your heart is weak

There is a mystery I long to share with you
A secret that it’s time you knew

Search you soul and you shall find
Your deep desire – it is your time

In your heart – a gift from me
I set it there for eternity

My treasure’s hidden deep in your heart
It’s time to create your work of art

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