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Written by Dynamis Ministries | August 31, 2023

Children are so full of awe and wonder, aren’t they? They approach life with an anticipation that amazement will greet them at every turn. They marvel at mystery. Their imagination is rampant. Don’t we all wish we could capture some this wonder back? Sadly, as we age and experience the brokenness in the world, much of this curiosity and wonder shrinks and is replaced by cynicism, doubt or worry. Perhaps this is part of why Jesus taught that children are the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. The wonder of a child causes them to have great faith!

In The Wonder Switch¹, storyteller, illusionist and author Harris III writes about the power of living with wonder and recapturing this sense of awe that we once lived with as children. One simple way to live into this he says is to “let wow breathe.” Instead of responding with cynicism, we should allow ourselves to take a moment to just live in a sense of wonder when ideas or possibilities are presented in our lives. By letting wow breathe we’re making space for wonder to grow in our lives, filling us with encouragement and enthusiasm for life, just as it does for little children.

With that in mind, there’s a story in the Bible, tucked away in the book of Exodus in the Old Testament, that invites us to let wow breathe. Check it out here:

“Moses gave them the materials donated by the people of Israel as sacred offerings for the completion of the sanctuary. But the people continued to bring additional gifts each morning. Finally the craftsman who were working on the sanctuary left their work. They went to Moses and reported, ‘The people have given more than enough materials to complete the job the Lord has commanded us to do!’ So Moses gave the command, and this message was sent throughout the camp: ‘Men and women, don’t prepare any more gifts for the sanctuary. We have enough!’ So the people stopped bringing their sacred offerings. Their contributions were more than enough to complete the whole project.” -Exodus 36: 3-7

Did you catch that? When the Israelites were building the Tabernacle, they were so generous to giving to the cause that Moses actually had to tell them to stop because they had more then enough. That’s amazing! What’s more, this particular account of the story doesn’t portray a lot of emotion but imagine being in this situation and how incredible this must have been to experience. The Tabernacle was constructed while the Israelites were wondering in the desert, and we know from Scripture how trying of a time period this was for them, and how prone to doubt the Israelites became. What an incredible faith boost this must have been to experience God show up in such an abundantly generous way at such a time as that!

Today, this possibility of God providing in such an abundant way may seem ludicrous. After all, have you ever been at church on a Sunday morning or attended a fundraiser where the leader instructed the givers to stop giving because they have too much? Yet it is possible to give in such a way where churches, organizations and even people have more than enough, to the point where they have to turn offerings away. We know this because it has actually happened before! God shows us in his word that he is capable of providing in such a way, and we must believe that God can do it again. As we think about generosity, let’s let wow breathe and allow ourselves to sit in wonder of just how much God can supply our needs and the needs of others. Spending time in this posture is a good step to living with wonder and also creates space for God to move in amazing ways in our lives too.

 

¹Harris III. The Wonder Switch: The Difference Between Limiting Your Life and Living Your Dream. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2020).