Wide-Eyed Wonder

If you live wide-eyed in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light.  If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. – Luke 11:34, The Message

When I was in high school I had a really good friend who often said I wore rose-colored glasses.  He was a really smart guy and a year older than me.  So, I think I took that oft-heard comment as an indication that in order to be “really smart” and “mature”, I would need to eventually take off those glasses.  Over the years, there have certainly been times and seasons when the glasses seemed to be slipping.  But this morning as I read Luke 11:34 from The Message, it hit me that I don’t ever want my “positive outlook” to leave me – or even become dull from years spent in this crazy life.  Certainly, there have been experiences and circumstances that I wish were different.  I do expect the best, goodness, and honesty from people I meet along the way and when they behave differently than I expect, it is shocking and disheartening.  But Jesus said to live “wide-eyed in wonder and belief”.  Jesus said that if I live “wide-eyed in wonder and belief”, my whole body – my whole self – will fill up with light.  I don’t know about you, but that’s how I want to live!

I want my whole outlook to be hopeful.  I want to believe and see God move and trust His heart for me.  I want to be a doer of His word and trust Him for the results even when I don’t see them.  I want to extend grace to the people I meet and forgive them when they stumble because I have been extended great grace and I have stumbled many times.  I want to be known as His girl because I am filled with His light.  And I want to see others like God sees them: precious creations, made in His image; masterpieces worth dying for.  So, “mature” and “really smart” or not, I will keep looking around with wide-eyed wonder and belief, holding unswervingly to the hope I profess, knowing that the One who promised is faithful.  My prayer is that you will do the same.  Who doesn’t want to be filled with light?

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bonnie Mulligan
    Jul 01, 2013 @ 07:53:58

    Amen ! Joeli. That’s very true others and the things they do & say can really hurt especially when it happens over & over. But God holds on tight to his own and keeps them going. That is why it is important to keep a close relationship with our God. He will take care of us because we are his children, he loves us and we love him. I praise him for his love, saving power, and especially keeping power.
    He can definitely help us to be positive no matter what may come our way in this life. Praise his Holy Name. May God bless your
    Ministry.

    Reply

  2. Jennifer
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 22:31:32

    As an observer of those days, I must point out that you were also mature, very smart, and a light of wonder, belief, and hope.

    Reply

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