“Then after I have poured out my rains again, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams. Your young men will see visions.” – Joel 2:28
I was reading the book of Joel the other day and this verse leaped out at me. It seemed to me that in our North American mind set we have forgotten the wonder and truth behind the visions and dreams that each of us experience as we live and grow in relationship with God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit. We tend to suppress the still small voice within us that speaks in our daily activities or times of rest and sleep, equating it to mundane nothingness and absent from any meaning or significance to the will of God.
Where has our sense of wonder gone? What dreams do we dream? What visions do we have when we think of truth, love, justice, scripture, Jesus, and God?
John Taylor writes that:
“Every good teacher knows the futility of rapping on his desk and calling: Pay attention, please! True attention is an involuntary self-surrender to the object of attention. The child who is absorbed is utterly relaxed. The adult mind, also, must be unstriving, receptive, expectant, before there can be any creative insight.
Again and again this is the state of mind in which new truth dawns. We do not work it out or think it out; rather, we have the sense of waiting for the disclosure of something that is already there. Attention means being in attendance… To be “in the Spirit” is to be vividly aware of everything the moment contains, the twigs of the thorn bush as well as the presence of God.”
The idea behind this website is to give welcome to the attendance of God in my own life and to share the many dreams and wonders he brings into it. However, it is also an invitation for you to embark on a journey of your own to explore the dreams and wonders that God has placed in your heart and to share these thoughts in fellowship and community.
Together as we witness and share these wonders with one another we can and will grow richer in God’s understanding and blessing. As Rave Zacharias writes in his book ‘Recapture the Wonder’, “Deep within every human heart throbs the undying hope that somebody or something will bring both an explanation of what life is all about and a way to retain the wonder. Yet if we would but pause and first ponder what it is that we already see in this world of wonder we might get a brief taste of the wonder that may be poured into us as well.”
Perhaps now you are still wondering…