Awe is most thoroughly experienced when a thing of beauty or greatness is understood in light of its origins. Where it comes from. The work that went into creating the marvellous thing.
The awe of The Grand Canyon, Mount Kilimanjaro, the Fjords of Norway, or the endless dunes of the Sahara.
Our planet is filled with places that invoke a sense of awe; areas that are beautiful, majestic, and terrifying all at once.
Humanity has felt awe since time began – however, it has only recently been acknowledged by our contemporary world as an emotion.
It’s not just any emotion either – awe has been shown to enhance our well-being, it is good for us.
It adjusts our perspective, and helps us get “outside” of ourselves. It puts us in our place, in relation to something bigger, something more wonderful.
Awe can be anywhere. Awe can be anything. And the Christain scriptures tell us we can get close up and personal with the ultimate source of awe – the God of all creation – on a daily basis.
What are we waiting for?
“You care for the land and water it;
you enrich it abundantly.
The streams of God are filled with water
to provide the people with grain,
for so you have ordained it.
You drench its furrows and level its ridges;
The grasslands of the wilderness overflow;
The meadows are covered with flocks
And the valleys are mantled with grain;
they shout for joy and sing.”
Psalm 65: 9-13
Check out these helpful links from the show
- Here’s a great article outlining eight ways awe improves your life
- Awe can also make you a kinder person. Here’s an article from The Guardian explaining why
- Finally, here’s an encouraging reminder that we were created by God to experience awe
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