Why God Sees Wonder in You

Over the past few weeks I’ve shared how God upended my one word for 2015 {brave} and in the process brought me my one word for 2016 {wonder}. Being the word-girl that I am, I’m prone to collecting words rather than allowing one to replace another. Honestly, over the past few years God has brought me several words that have transformed not only the way I see Him, but the way I see myself.

It’s not at all ironic then, that all these words link together and lead me to the wonder of God.

Since the pre-Christmas morning when I claimed “wonder” as my own, God has been faithful to reveal His. In big and wide strokes He paints wonder over our lives with forgiveness, grace, and the promise of eternity. But perhaps what has been even more wondrous to me, and what I often forget to remember, is the way He fills in those broad strokes with the small and subtle of every day wonder.

The sunrise that greets us on a morning that feels anything but sunny.

Kind words from a friend who you assumed had forgotten.

Warm tea and soft blankets mingled with carefree days.

Snuggles from your nearly teen that take you straight back to toddler memories.

God’s word that fills your mind and wraps your heart in rescue and refuge.

His wonder is everywhere, but we often take it for granted in the busyness of ourselves. I so often forget to thank and praise the One who in countless unseen ways guarantees that when I lift my head from the pillow in the morning, I get to return it there at night. So many long for that simple wonder.

In still and silent moments, I’ve turned my heart toward God and watched for His wonder. Time and again, this one point of amazement surpasses all the others…

When I can’t see the wonder in God, He can still see it in me.

There have been seasons in my life when my wonder has been over whether He still hears, or sees, or I dare say, even exists. Moments when feelings and fear choked out faith, when wandering thoughts derailed trust. I’ve walked down paths when uncertain of my purpose and His plans, I felt useless—shelved even.

Maybe you find yourself in that place today. Maybe life doesn’t look at all like you imagined it would. Your plans may be upside down and your seasons of joy might feel far off. Can I speak these words over you today …

When you can’t see the wonder of God, He still sees the wonder in you. (Tweet that.)

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At our worst, amidst our doubts, when we’ve tossed up our hands and forsaken all, God looks on us with wonder—because we are His.

His image, His likeness, is written all over our lives. Wonder is knit within us.

“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works;
    my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:14 ESV (emphasis added)

There’s no place we can go to hide from that wonder. We don’t have to want it, or see it, or even know it, for it to be true. We are fashioned by a Creator who loves us with such relentless abandon that He places His wonder in the very depth of our soul, so that when we’re ready, we’ll remember it’s there.

Your difficulty, whatever it may be, does not disqualify you from being who God crafted you to be. And I know in the midst of trial, Him counting you as wonderful doesn’t diminish your vantage point, but it does highlight His. God sees where you sit right now, but more so He sees the days, the months, and the years ahead of you.

God sees the wonder that is yet to come, and He’s preparing a way for you to see it too.

It may not be packaged the way you expect, or fit the parameters for the wonder you would choose. If you had the chance, you’d likely veto the path God’s chosen for you to take. But, perhaps that’s what’s so incredible about the wonder of God—it’s not ours to work for, or prepare, or claim as our own.

There’s only one way to truly capture God’s wonder in and around us. We have to watch Him. 

I invite you to join me in watching for God’s wonder in the year ahead. We won’t always see it the same, but there’s something sweet about seeing it together. You can follow me on Facebook and Instagram where a couple of times a week, I’ll share His wonder as I see it, and where you’re welcome to share yours too.

You can also find these words linked up at my favorite spots:  Holly Barrett (#testimonytuesday), Jennifer Dukes Lee (#tellhisstory)Holley Gerth (#coffeeforyourheart), and Kristin Hill Taylor (#threewordwednesday).


34 thoughts on “Why God Sees Wonder in You

  1. “His image, His likeness, is written all over our lives. Wonder is knit within us.” I love this, Tiffany. Beautiful post! :) Have you ever heard the song “Wonder” (by Amanda Cook of Bethel Music)?

    1. I hadn’t heard it, Tasha, but just listened. Love Amanda and Bethel. I have a few songs from that album, but I’ll add Wonder for sure! Thanks for sharing and for visiting me. Blessings!

  2. This is such a beautiful post with a ‘wonder-ful’ word for the new year! I love this reminder..that “Wonder is knit within us.” God makes us full of wonder, and gives us a life of wonder! What tremendous gifts, how blessed we are! Thanks for your encouragement in your words!

    1. It’s really touched my heart to think on the fact that His wonder is within us. Some days I know I keep it from having its way. ;) But yes…such a precious gift and HUGE blessing. Thanks for stopping by, Kathy.

  3. I love your word “Wonder.” Have you read Paul Tripp’s book “Awe”? I was reminded of that as I read your post. Your ending is perfect: “There’s only one way to truly capture God’s wonder in and around us. We have to watch Him. “

    1. Thanks, Lisa. I suppose there are worse things I could collect than words. :) Yes, my prayer is for the wide open eyes as well. It’s amazing how much wonder there is around us when we take the time to see it. Thank you for visiting me. Such a joy getting to know you more. Hugs, friend.

  4. I loved the images you present of God’s wonder all around us. And yes, even when we can’t see the wonder in Him, He continues to see wonder in us. So amazing. I want to watch for God along with you this year. (It was so great to talk to you! :-) )

  5. Tiffany! I am so glad you posted before me in #CoffeeForYourHeart today! I knew God had a word to speak to me through you the second I clicked over to see my favorite flower adorning your beautiful blog.
    I relate so much to your sentiments on God’s faithfulness to reveal the truth packed into your word of the year. Mine is obedience, and He has floored me with devotions and studies that seem to be aimed right at my heart through that one Word. It’s so amazing, isn’t it!
    Your writing is phenomenal…I especially loved, “We are fashioned by a Creator who loves us with such relentless abandon that He places His wonder in the very depth of our soul, so that when we’re ready, we’ll remember it’s there.”
    That’s just hugs for the soul right there.
    Bless you! Can’t wait to read more!
    Happy Wedensday!

    1. Aww, Meg…you just blessed my socks off today. Thank you for your kind words and I’m so glad that you found a hug for your soul here today. And, “obedience” – now that is a word! It is incredible how God continues to bring us back to that one word over and over. I can imagine that obedience is going to be transforming for you this year. I’m so glad we were neighbors today. I’ll come visit you too. Blessings, friend.

  6. Tiffany,
    I just love this! God seeing the wonder in us . . . it is amazing how he wants to be with us and show us his love, isn’t it? It’s a wonder that never ceases to be amazing! :) What beautiful words you’ve chosen to ponder through the year . . .I’ve still not stumbled over one for myself yet. . . so maybe I’ll borrow yours for this week! :)

    1. You can borrow my word for as long as you need, friend – you don’t even have to give it back. ;) It IS amazing how much He loves us and the lengths He’ll go to so that we know and feel that love. I know I have days that I feel anything but wonderful, so I’m clinging to this! So glad you visited me, Valerie. Hugs!

  7. This is so “wonderful” Tiffany! ♥ I never thought of God seeing wonder in me either– except in the respect that I probably do things that make him wonder what was I thinking sometimes?!?! But even that’s not the whole truth because he knows everything I’m about to say or do and loves me anyway. Whew! Thanks for sharing a new perspective- I know I’m going to look at this word closer when I see it in scripture this year! ♥

    1. Love that, Heather – yes, I can imagine that God wonders what I’m up to every now and again too. That’s why I love His grace – because I know He’s giving it all day long. It’s a beautiful thing to ponder that He loves us so much that He sees that wonder in us, even when we can’t see it in ourselves. And I love that you’ll be watching for wonder through His word. You’ll have to share with me where you find it. So glad you visited me today, my “brave” friend. :)

  8. Tiffany I love this word “wonder” In fact I had never heard about a word for the year until reading blog posts from Christian bloggers like yourself the past month. I want to treasure each day and appreciate the wonder of God. I had been praying for my word the past month and the Lord revealed to me. Thanks for helping to open my eyes to something new. I would love to know what you think of my word next time you visit. Blessings to you and yours in 2016!

    1. I’m so glad you are joining the oneword365 fun. It really is a great way to move away from resolutions (which I can never keep) and let God be the guide and focus for what we see and do. I’m looking forward to visiting you and seeing what God gave you. Thanks for stopping by – it’s always so great to hear from you. Blessings back. :)

  9. I love your idea of collecting words rather than replacing them. Everyday wonder is so easy to miss in our busy lives, but it is always there. We will see if we slow down and open wide our eyes. I would love to join you in looking for God’s wonder! Blessings to you! I’m your neighbor at #TestimonyTuesday.

    1. I’m a word hoarder, what can I say, Gayl. :) I agree wholeheartedly and I’m so enjoying opening my eyes wide and watching for His wonder. So glad you’re coming along. Thanks for visiting, neighbor.

  10. I love this, Tiffany. Thank you reminding me of such hope-filled truths. It’s beautiful how you paint a picture of the broad strokes and the everyday brushed-in strokes. And it really warms my heart to think that even when we don’t see His wonder, He still sees wonder in us. That’s so amazing. Blessings to you!

    1. It is amazing, Trudy. I continue to stand in awe and wonder of His great love for us – especially on the days when I feel especially flawed. ;) So glad that you visited today. Blessings back to you, friend.

  11. Beautiful words and thoughts here, Tiffany. I don’t often stop to think about God seeing wonder in me. And I’ve had those days when even a brilliant sunrise doesn’t stir my heart to wonder.

    I’m so glad God is above and bigger than me. That He isn’t swayed when my eyes are blinded to who He is and to the gifts He gives. He still pours out reasons for me to see and to once again have a heart of wonder toward Him. For my heart does get back to that place. Eventually. :)

    I’m looking forward to reading more about what God shares with you about this word!

    1. Well friend, there are a bunch of wonderful things about you that I appreciate, and I’m certain God looks on with wonder. You have some incredible gifts to share with this world. But yes, it’s not a place we often let ourselves go – thinking on how wonderful God sees us. ;) But it’s something I remind myself of when I’m feeling small and unable. Seeing ourselves through His eyes just unleashes how mighty He is and the power that we have access to makes us more able than we know. Thanks for visiting me today. Blessings!

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