Awesome Sauce

Know what’s awesome?  Coffee in the morning.  Fantasizing over all things Pinterest.  Giftcards from Panera.  A clean house.  $2.00 for a gallon of gas.  Good surprises. Electronics that work properly.  A sunset on the beach.  God giving God. 

This past week I attended the funeral of a dear godly man from my church.  The room was packed with friends he and his wife had known their entire lives.   Precious funny stories were told.  Facts about what he did when he was younger, the sports he played and schools he went to.  Also shared were expressions of the love and kindness he freely gave away to all he met.  It was a beautiful service where not only was Mr. Green fondly remembered but God was honored.  It was awesome.

A few nights ago one of my daughters was telling me about a friend of hers that was upset because she thought that people didn’t like her.   Some kids were also being mean to her.  We talked about what she should do as her friend.  What she could say to encourage her and should a teacher be told.  Somehow my daughter was included in a group text from the meanness that was going on.  She did not respond to anything except to say “What’s the point of being mean”?  After that the texts stopped for the night.  The voice of reason from an eleven year old.  That is awesome. 

What makes something awesome?  The things I think are awesome (i.e. coffee and cheap gas) may not be awesome to you.  If your awesome list includes Fantasy Football, giftcards from McDonald’s, and skydiving, we are NOT on the same page my friend.   I wonder if God has an awesome list.  It might include, Noah building the ark, a star shining over Bethlehem, Daniel and friends faithful to clean eating, a curtain that once separated, forever gone.  When he looks on our lives would he agree with our version of awesome? 

Aware of his presence all around us and

Watching carefully as to not miss the miracle or even the opportunity to be part of the miracle. 

Earnestly

Seek – seek him, seek to be more like him, seek to share him. 

Overwhelming

Moments will most assuredly come – devastatingly glorious, hilariously inspiring.  It is always 

Enough, if we so choose. 

I’m reminded of the song “Enough” that says,

You are my supply, my breath of life
Still more awesome than I know
You are my reward, worth living for
Still more awesome than I know

All of you is more than enough for all of me,

For every thirst and every need
You satisfy me with your love and
All I have in you is more than enough.

Of course we want to be awesome and do awesome things.  And God thinks that’s – well awesome.  Truly he does!  And we should absolutely strive for those things that please him and bring him the highest praise and glory.  This I know, the awesome that is ready to go and consume every pore of your soul is not too little and not too much – it is enough. 

In Ephesians 3 Paul’s prayer is that we might be able to know the vastness of God’s love.  It is deep and wide and long and high.  And even though we’ll never ever be able to fully understand it – we’ll never be able to comprehend its awesome power, it is absolutely able to establish and create and accomplish more awesome than we can ever wrap our heads around.  As in, “Man, I wish I had thought of that”.

When God gives God, there’s nothing more awesome. 

Suzanne Cain