Spotting the Fingerprints of God
(Reflection Five: Glorifying the Fatherhood)
Based on Graham Cooke's Soaking Prayer Series Part One Entitled: Becoming the Beloved
What does it mean to be touched by wonder? How would it change the way that you engage life?
Wonder defined: to be filled with admiration, amazement, or awe;
marvel (often followed by at)
I am beginning to "see" the "fingerprints of God" in my life. The greatest example of that fact in my life to date is the awareness that came March 21, 2013 that I was no longer crippled by fear or FAILURE. That was also the date of the completion of my Prayer Room. I can act on what I sense God is calling me to do without fretting about the outcome. 58 years I had been too afraid to try much of anything because I did not want to try and fail. I have spent 2013 and 2014 spiritually consuming 27 scriptures a day. I call it my "Sword Practice." I have consistently read and digested scripture since my teen years. However, January 1, 2013 I made that practice the DAILY PRIORITY because I finally understood what Jesus ' words meant quoted in John 15. Here are some excerpts from verses 1-7:
I am the true vine and My Father is the Gardener. He cuts off every branch in Me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful
Remain in Me and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself.
I am the true vine, you are the brances. If a person remains in Me and I in them they will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.
If you remain in Me and MY WORDS REMAIN IN YOU ask whatever you wish and it will be given you.
There are no words to adequately describe the WONDER I experience every time I become aware of the miracle of God's transforming power at work in me and others. That I have the opportunity to witness everyday growth in myself and in those around me is an adventure I anticipate with joy every day I draw breath! I am daily AMAZED that my Creator loves me (that in itself is a WONDER) and chooses to accompany me on my journey through life wheter I am aware of His Presence or oblivious. I am daily AMAZED that He consistently reveals His Presence when I seek Him. I am NEVER invisible to God. He KNOWS my name.
Quoting Graham Cooke from Reflection Five written as God speaking directly to the reader:
I know you and understand you. I am acquainted with every single thought, action, and emotion that you have. I understand you a thousand times better than you understand yourself.
That's a WONDER!