Monday, December 3, 2012

Are you Wonderstruck by God?

As you've heard, my dear friend, Margaret Feinberg, has a new book and 7-session Bible study entitled Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God  that releases Christmas day. I have been profoundly impacted my Margaret's writing and her desire to encounter God- to literally savor, caress, even capture Him so to speak- in all of His glory. Margaret's work is refreshing and will challenge you to reshape your image of God based on Biblical principles.

Wonderstruck will help you:

·         Recognize the presence of God in the midst of your routine
·         Unearth extraordinary moments on ordinary days
·         Develop a renewed passion for God
·         Identify what’s holding you back in prayer
·         Discover joy in knowing you’re wildly loved

If you will permit me, I'd like to share a personal story of how I have been recently wonderstruck by God.

Essential background information crucial to our story:

The fuel indicator sensor on our Trailblazer has been faulty for months. Whenever we fill the car with gasoline-no matter how much we put into the tank- the fuel indicator inevitably falls to empty as soon as we pull away from the gas station. The rate at which the indicator moves from its correct standing on the gas gauge to empty varies. Though Greg has been clever enough to come up with a system to read the gas gauge  so that we do not wind up stranded on the side of the road- truthfully, the sensor needs to be replaced.

The natural follow up question would be, "Well, then why don't you just get it replaced?"

It's $400.

Now, $400 may not seem like much to some of you, but to Greg and I- in our current financial standing- it might as well be $4,000. We simply do not have the additional funds in our bank account to cover the cost of repairing the sensor. So while it is not an ideal scenario, we have learned to make do.

Fast-forward to the present:

I have recently been re-reading Believing God by Beth Moore alongside of my advanced copy of Wonderstruck: Awake to the Nearness of God by Margaret Feinberg. So it seems that God has had an immense desire to orchestrate circumstances in my life that will not only strengthen my faith, but will allow me to truly stand in awe of Who He is. Hence- the faulty fuel indicator sensor, among many other things.

Last Tuesday, as I was on my way home from dropping the kids off at school, I stopped by the gas station nearest our house to put $30 worth of gasoline in the car. It was all we had left in our bank account without causing it to overdraw and I praised God that payday was but a few days away. We only own one vehicle at this time, so $30 worth of gasoline will only last us for two-maybe three-days (if we are extra conservative with our driving).

A worrier by nature, I was tempted to break down in tears right there at the gas station, overwhelmed with the knowledge that there was no way we were going to be able to stretch this supply of gasoline out over the course of the week, judging by all of the demands currently placed on our schedule. But I firmly believe that God is Who He says He is and His word tells me that He is my Provider; so I earnestly prayed that He would multiply the supply of gasoline in our gas tank to sustain us until payday.

 He did. And then some.

What should have only lasted us two or three days turned into six! This seemingly small, miraculous act of God, has awaken my soul in ways that I cannot seem to adequately articulate. I have searched for days to find the proper word or phrase that could describe to you the transformation my faith has undergone in such as short amount of time. This has shaken me to the very core of my being.

I am unashamedly, wildly, irrevocably wonderstruck by God.

I realize that this post is growing dangerously long, so I will leave you with this final question to ponder- where have you seen the wonder of God in your life? 


  1. I just finished Pursuing God's Beauty by Marilyn and after reading this post, in ready to jump into the next book!! This post sums up the longing and stirring in my heart!! You put it all into words for me!! Blessings!!

    1. Tracy, glad you were able to do Pursuing God's Beauty. Can't wait to share Wonderstruck with you!

  2. Sorry!!! Margaret!! Not Marilyn! So very sorry!

  3. Wow! So thrilled you were able to experience God's wonder in such a tangible way! Reminds me a little of Hanukkah and how the oil for the lamps lasted for much longer than was expected. Thank you so much for posting this and for sharing a part of your story. Huge hug to you!

    1. Margaret,

      Umm... can I be starstruck over the fact that you even read my post, let alone commented on it?! WOW! Thank you.

  4. I see His wonder daily. And I, like you, struggle to find the words to describe or explain what it is He does, how He loves us and how He shows up when we need Him to and when He just wants to remind us that He hears, He sees and, He cares. I'm with you Megan--wonderstruck and speechless!

    And, how cool is is that Margaret Feinberg took the time to encourage you! Another reason He shows up? Just because!

    1. Diana, sometimes I also struggle to find the words. All I can do is sit back and bask in it

  5. Wow what a great story! I feel like I am wonderstruck by God all the time. But it honestly started when I went through divorce a couple years ago. I had to depend on Him so much all the time that I began to see Him everywhere. It's crazy how some of the hardest things become the most valuable just because you see who God is and just really how much He actually does love you :)

    1. ThistleAshD, I'm so sorry you had to go through such an experience. I can't even imagine. But I love how you were able to come out with such a positive attitude. Power to you!

  6. Just catching up on your blog! this post is so honest and I thank you for it. Myself and my family are in a similar position financially, and while at times I feel great anxiety over it, it has caused me to lean on God in a way that I wouldn't if our account was overflowing. I believe He uses times such as these to teach us absolute dependency on Him and to demonstrate His faithfulness. We started November with only enough money to make it through one week, yet He provided just in time.

    1. Ruth, so glad God showed up to fill you with wonder in November. May he continue to do so this next year!


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