Sloane is obsessed with celebrities. She follows her favorites on Twitter. She wonders who's dating whom. Sydnee peruses the fashion section of magazines. She loves new clothing styles and wonders what's in or a has-been. Steve studies survival methods. He wonders if we'll be alright if disaster strikes. I google recipes. I wonder if I can find a fabulous new dish my family will love! Have you ever heard something and wondered about it? So curious you simply MUST check it out to see if it is true? For example, you hear how beautiful Hawaii is. Does that expressed beauty make you wonder enough to get on an airplane to go see for yourself? If not, your storyteller is a dud!
The Christmas Story (as it's known) in Luke 2:16-18 speaking of the shepherds says "And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds." The Bible doesn't tell us but I believe those who wondered surely had to come and see. I imagine people making their way to the stable peeking around corners hoping for a glimpse of the baby. I can almost hear people tell others "I heard him cry!", "Well, when the stable door opened I saw he's got brown hair!" or even "I saw one of those angels that talked to them shepherds!"
Today, I wonder if we are still telling the story in a manner to make people wonder? Do we soak up and use Sunday sermons to help someone on Monday by sharing what we heard? Do we tell people about the miraculous things God does in our lives every day enough to make them wonder about who He is? Do we use God's Word in every day language to intrigue peoples' wonderment about where those words came from? Some people the shepherds told went to see the first time they heard it. Some people had to hear the story multiple times and see others excited before they were moved to check it out. Regardless of how many times it takes for a person to hear the story before they come and see...the story has to be wondrously told!
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