I am reading a book at the moment called ‘Living in Dependency and Wonder.’ It describes the wonder of God. His very nature. It makes me feel full of wonder about Him.
Our human brains cannot perceive the mind of God. He is so far above in all things. In all thoughts. In all imaginations. In all deeds. In all capabilities. In all authority. He IS I AM!
He is wonderful but to realise this more because of what I read, the more knowledge of Him, what I experience… it makes me feel more awestruck in His presence. More aware when I come to Him in the Eucharist what Jesus the Son of God did for us. How precious is the gift of Himself given to us.
Isaiah was a prophet who described the wonder of God in a lot of his writings. He shared a depiction of Jesus, the Son of God with us in Isaiah 9:6
For a child has been born for us, a Son given to us,
Authority rests upon His shoulders, and he is named
Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of peace.
Oh, just a few amazing traits of Jesus and also the Father. For what we know of the son comes from the Father as described by Jesus in John’s gospel.
As I explore these and other traits more, I become more amazed at the wonder of Him.
But then the rest of the title of the book hits me – ‘Living in dependency.’
Oh, that needs trust, a Faith, a belief in God that I often don’t have. Sometimes I’m good at this on my best days, but on the ‘hard’ days, “hard” times of life? Where I am confused, in discomfort, in pain, feel a lack of… just full of blah?
Faith – this complete trust or confidence in God, this living in total dependence on Him, is so important.
In ‘The Secret of the Rosary,’ by Saint Louis de Montfort, he describes “Faith as the root, the foundation and beginning of all Christian virtues and of all prayers that are pleasing to God.”
Think of a tree with its healthy roots growing down deep to stabilize the tree trunk and branches. If the root is healthy, it makes the tree live. It seeks for water and nutrition for the good of the tree. It sustains it to grow and bear fruit. The same is true of our Faith. Our trust and belief in our God.
If our prayers are heartfelt and full of Faith (even if just a little – the size of a mustard seed), then those mountains in our lives can be moved. God is pleased and encourages us to grow that Faith.
“Anyone who comes to God must believe …” states Saint Louis.
For some, they might still be checking this ‘God stuff’ out, some who are still seeking after Him, after the truth. Even ‘doubting Thomas’ doubted for a while and just found it so hard to believe that Jesus had risen from the dead, the circumstances were that bad, that devastating. Then he came out with a great Faith statement- “My Lord and My God.” (John 20:28)
But if we want our prayers to be effective, we are encouraged to come boldly to the throne of God and to desire His will in all things. The effective fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (James 5:16)
The NLT translation says it like this, ‘The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.’
The AMP translation says, ‘The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man – a believer – can accomplish much. When put into action and made effective by God, it is dynamic and can have tremendous power. ‘
St Louis goes onto say, “The greater his or her faith, the more merit his or her prayer will have, the more powerful it will be and the more it will glorify God.”
May our Faith grow as we fall more in love with our God and so may He be honoured and glorified more. By His grace, make us more dependent upon Him. Make us more amazed, full of wonder – like a little child that Jesus upholds so much for us to become more like.