Then the Lord said: “I am making a covenant with you. Before all your people I will do wonders never before done in any nation in all the world. The people you live among will see how awesome is the work that I,
the Lord, will do for you.
Pastor Win would sometimes call me Wonder Woman, which was a little embarrassing because I’m no Lynda Carter but also quite flattering because I LOVE WONDER WOMAN! In the Wonder Woman story, her mother, Queen Hippolyta, forms Wonder Woman (Diana) out of clay and imbues her with WONDERFUL powers. In real life, God formed us all out of clay and then the psalmist reminds us, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:14)
I’m here to tell you that you are wonderfully made. You are so wonderfully made that I believe you are some of the wonders never before done in all the world. I see you living your lives so that your neighbors, the people you live among, will see how awesome the work is that the Lord has done for you.
You are Wonder People. I have seen you keep going under so much pain, sorrow, pressure, and difficulty and give the glory to God, saying the only way possible is that the Holy Spirit is walking around in your skin. I have seen you caring for your loved ones and making impossible decisions while giving it all to God. I have heard you turning over your difficult finances and employment concerns to God and then praising Him that it all worked out. Together we have prayed for your children’s difficult situations and praised God when they were resolved.
If God weren’t WONDERFUL enough in all of those situations, here’s how He’s really showing off His WONDER through you, Wonder People. While all of those difficult life situations were happening, while you were in pain, and while you were in conflict, you were feeding people on Wednesday nights, teaching children, leading Bible studies, and busy on church teams. While you weren’t sure how you were going to survive your situations and while you were overwhelmed, you were decorating for VBS, singing in the choir, teaching Sunday School, and taking meals to other families. While you wondered how God was going to work through your finances, you were giving your all at church. When you were feeling insignificant because you can’t do the things you used to do, you still sent cards and offered words of encouragement to each other, and you changed someone’s day.
I want to encourage you to continue taking care of each other. Our whole purpose in life is to, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22: 37-40) That’s it. Your purpose for continuing to be wonderful in un-wonderful circumstances is love. Let your family and friends know and see how much God has done for you and through you in the most trying of circumstances! I hope you’ll keep finding ways to love each other while you aren’t at church. And, when we come back to church, I hope you’ll love your church and her people with a renewed enthusiasm and passion!
You are the awesome work, wonderfully and fearfully made. Thank you for letting me work for you. I don’t wonder how you’ll get along without me in the office, God has your new secretary in the palm of His hand. This is such a strange time with so many things cancelled. But God’s wonders are never cancelled and you are one of them. Keep praying, keep connecting with each other, and keep being WONDERFUL. I hope I get to see you soon!