Awe and Wonder {Why today can be more than just another Monday}

Just another Monday.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the status quo. To just keep doing everything like it’s always been done; to begin each week with little expectation and less enthusiasm.

But then there is this…

“We may have doubted Jesus’ resurrection, like Thomas did (Jn. 20:24-25). Indeed, this section opens with Jesus addressing Thomas’s doubt and transitions to John’s audience as Jesus tell his listeners that those who believe in him without seeing him are truly blessed (Jn. 20:29). Yet Jesus leads Thomas to deep devotion (Jn. 20:26-28). We may have denied him, as Peter did (Jn. 18:15-27). Yet Jesus leads Peter into riches of restoration (Jn. 21:15-22). We may have always devoutly believed in him, as John did. Still, Jesus overwhelms John again and again (Jn. 21:24-25). John wants us to know that Jesus will draw us to himself, leading us from doubt into deep faith. Jesus will restore and renew us, embracing us in his love and forgiving us for having denied him. And Jesus will engulf us in our devotion time and time again as we drink from him through our reading John’s Gospel, filling us and blowing us away. In each case, John would have us finish our reading in awe and wonder, with the thrilling sense that we have met Jesus anew and that he is worthy of our worship. For he is love and life and grace and truth, and through faith in him we enter into the fullness of life. (The Gospel of John: When Love Comes to Town, by Paul Louis Metzger)

What a lie it is to believe that today is just going to be like every other day. It can’t be with Jesus in it. His “love and life and grace and truth” are going to fill up today making sure that no “today” will be “just like yesterday.” I wonder what we miss because we’ve stopped believing that Jesus will continue to leave us in awe and wonder, even on “just another Monday?”

Today I’m beginning a new study with the Monday ladies on the Gospel of John…and I am praying prayers of expectation. How about you? Are you in need of throwing off the “just another Monday” attitudes about Monday? If so, may he overwhelm you with awe and wonder in his presence today.

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