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Recovering Wonder & Returning to First Love

January 20, 2012

But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. Romans 5:8


Remember how it was when you first encountered the wondrous Truth? The Truth of His unconditional love and total forgiveness? The Truth of His pursuit and undeserved rescue? The Truth of a new identity as His child? The Truth of a new beginning?


Remember how the wonder of it all just swept you away? Think of it again:


The wonder that He loves me. The wonder that He left Heaven to purchase my freedom. The wonder that He watches over every detail of life. The wonder that His perspective, which guides my life, is all encompassing Wisdom. The wonder that He delights in loving me. The wonder that He enjoys my company and conversation. The wonder that He never tires of my neediness. The wonder that He places right in front of me such detailed reminders of His love. The wonder that He crafts new and unique mercies every day for me. The wonder that His plans are for my good – and they cannot be thwarted. The wonder that my feeble, and sometimes inconsistent, praise brings Him glory.


Do you still live in that wonder? Or are you in a place where you miss the wonder and long for it?

  • The wonder that I am secure because His work of salvation was “FINISHED!”
  • The wonder that every moment I am under His all-powerful care as He finishes His work in me.
  • The wonder that the hope of Home is already a reality, just not yet experienced.

Wonder doesn’t have to be lost forever. It can be recovered, reborn, resurrected, restored. Wonder and worship can be an ever increasing part of life here.


Doesn’t that sound like a good way to live? Recovering wonder. Returning to our “first love.” It’s a matter of coming back to the basics: knowing Him.

Wonder is found in His presence.

If we will come away from the noise and distractions, if we settle into quietness and soak up His words, if we get back to the basics of learning of Him, being with Him, then we can live in wonder once again.


Ask God to restore to you the wonder of that first love.

Read the Gospels, especially John, to be reminded of who He is.

You might enjoy these songs: “Don’t Let me Lose my Wonder” by Keith and Kristyn Getty and “The Wonder of the Cross” by Vicky Beeching.  


May this be a year of wonder, a year of returning to that “first love.”


It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed. Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! II Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)

first love  Revelation 2:4

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