The Surprise of Wonder

Nathaniel got a big surprise when he met Jesus. Having heard where Jesus
was from, he had all sorts of prejudices that made him skeptical of Philip’s
recommendation. But then, when he met Jesus everything changed – not
because of anything he did, but because of the way Jesus revealed God’s
glory to him.

The image Jesus uses of the angels ascending and descending comes, of
course, from the ancient story of Jacob’s ladder (Genesis 28:10-22). The
trickster Jacob was on the run from his angry brother, whom he had tricked
one too many times. Then, one night as he slept, God revealed God’s glory
to him in a dream of angels ascending and descending on a stairway to
heaven. And with the vision came God’s promise, and God’s call for Jacob
to be God’s instrument of blessing to the nations. Now, with Nathaniel,
Jesus uses this image to show that He is the one who reveals God’s glory to
the world, and who offers a ‘stairway to heaven’—a way to encounter
God’s glory and be part of God’s purpose.

God’s glory is not as hidden as we may suppose. Usually when we miss
God’s glory the problem is not with God, but with our ability to see. The
best way to learn to recognize God’s presence all around us is to practice
the discipline of wonder. Today, try to slow down a little and look for the
wonder in the ordinary things around you—plants and animals, people and

May your glory fill my vision and my life, O God of Glory

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