We have come a long, long way with the things we know. Using the inquisitive minds God gave us, we have taken giant steps in understanding the systems at play in the world we call home. These steps have allowed us to manage and cure diseases, communicate across the globe in mere seconds, peer further and further into the universe and develop that little pouch that allows us to heat up our hot pockets (mostly) evenly. Consider that it was a mere 63 years between the first powered/controlled flight and the first human to walk on the moon. It is truly a most amazing time to be alive.
However with our knowledge and success, we have also developed some bad habits. One of the artifacts from the enlightenment, as good as it was, is an air of certainty. We believe that we either have “it” figured out, or it’s simply a matter of time until we do. The “it” covers a great many subjects ranging from the mysteries of the universe to God and God’s ways. This assurance of our ability to solve these mysteries have served us well in our day-to-day living, but has also cost us our sense of wonder. Theologian Kelly Douglas Brown says it like this: “We tried to conquer the world with machines and conquer God with theology, but our God is wild. Deep calls to deep, loves.”
Deep call to deep and wild calls to wild.
The Advent and Christmas stories are wild. Our familiarity, evaluation and commercialization of them have led us to forget just how topsy-turvy, expectation-breaking and world changing they are. They are deep and wild, reflect a deep and wild God and call out to a deep and wild nature residing in us.
In this Advent season, take the time to set aside certainty. Strive to forget what you think you know about the coming of Christ our messiah. Let us walk through this season with less certainty and more awe, and marvel at the wonder of our deep and wild God.
VERSE: Isaiah 43:16-19
16This is what the Lord says—
he who made a way through the sea,
a path through the mighty waters,
17who drew out the chariots and horses,
the army and reinforcements together,
and they lay there, never to rise again,
extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:
18“Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
19See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.”
Prayer: O God of wonder, call to us again from the wild place in your heart. Shake us from our certainty and stir the strange deep where from your mysteries lie. Give us anew a sense of wonder at your radical love, given to us first as a baby then as savior.