Nov 30 2017
The running family joke is that dad should have been a civil engineer.
I love to figure out how things were built – especially spaghetti overpasses and crazy high bridges. How the spans meet up perfectly, the angles not off by degrees.
I suspect my fear of heights leads me to pedestalize those individuals who not only design but then also scurry around at altitudes where gravity always wins.
But below the fear in me there lives a sense of awe.
Awe is where wonder and curiosity merge into a sort of giddiness resulting in “How?” and “Wow!”
Awe flows most freely from Yosemite’s majestic El Capitan and Dubai’s megatall Burj Khalifa, stunning divine and man-made creations.
But I’ve only been to Yosemite once and have yet to visit Dubai, so if I’d like my awe in daily doses, I need eyes that see awe everywhere.
For Christians, the big awe flows from Jesus’ crucifixion on Calvary; that the Creator of the world became the Redeemer of the world. God became man to rescue man from the power of death and the fear that fills every crevice of life.
For Christians, that awe kicks off this Sunday, December 3, with Advent, the annual journey to Calvary through the stable at Bethlehem.