Sometimes we have to remove ourselves from computers, cell phones, televisions, cars, and the other distractions of modern life and meet God in His creation. No agenda, just a time to be alone with the Creator.
I didn’t think any great thoughts as I walked through the trees and into different clearings. I just enjoyed being outside and listening to the different sounds that were at there. No blog posts ran through my head as I scared up fifteen deer lying among the trees or as I quietly watched the ten-point buck slowly walk away. I just wished I had a camera so I could have captured it all, but I knew that no picture could have done it justice.
As I walked back to my car wet and muddy I wondered if we of modern conveniences had some how missed life at its most real. Do microwave ovens, DVDs, and iPods somehow rob us of the awe we should have of God’s creation? I don’t know if I have any answers it is just I have come to realize that I am often not in awe of God. Perhaps it has less to do with the things around us and more to do with trying to figure God out. Maybe I don’t see God as awesome because I have my idea about who God is and how He works in the world.
It is a frightening thing to loose your awe of God. This awe of God is the starting pointing of understanding the world and our place in it. Proverbs 1:7 tells us; Fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge (NLT). Without an awe of God we cannot hope to really understand who we are or what we are to do. Sure we can understand some facts and figures, but the real truth of it all will remain a mystery.
It is hard to have awe for God when we are so certain that we have things figured out. I think that is one of the truths learned from Job 38-42: we can’t even come close to fully comprehending who God is and the reason why He does what He does. Awe allows us to live with the mystery about God while living out the truth He has revealed to us.