An Awe-filled Fear


Me and our "little man" during the fireworks show.

With our nation’s Independence Day celebrations almost a week behind us, one thing has been swimming in my head ever since: my 2 year old son’s response to the whole thing.


See, leading up to the evening of the 4th of July, he was so excited for the fireworks! Assuming that he did not remember much from the previous year, we explained it to him, talked about it together, showed him videos of fireworks on the internet, pictures of fireworks, and even saw some from a distance that evening as we drove to our local fireworks show. He was thrilled!


However, it wasn’t more than 10 seconds into the fireworks show when he began to cry. (Granted, we were right across the street from the launch site.) The first few fireworks seemed to capture his attention and even mesmerize him with their dazzling beauty. But, after that, he wanted nothing more than to burry himself into my chest and hide from their explosive power.


I can’t help but wonder if our encounter with God will be much the same. While here, we read about Him, think upon Him, pray to Him, talk about Him, and find so much joy and hope at the thought of someday seeing Him (just like our son was so excited about seeing the fireworks). But once in His presence, I imagine that I will likely respond in the same way that everyone else has in the Biblical accounts: Manoah was convinced he was going to die after his encounter with God (Judges 13.22); Isaiah immediately announced a funeral cry upon seeing a vision of God (Isaiah 6.5); Paul immediately fell to the ground and was struck blind upon his encounter with God (Acts 9.4); and John, the brother of Jesus (i.e. God incarnate), fell down like a dead man upon seeing God in all His glory (Revelation 1.17). Oh, God, please give me more of an “awe-filled fear” now to better prepare me to see you then.


About Elizabeth

I am a sinner, saved by grace striving to increase in the knowledge of my Savior and His precious Word each day. The reader should know that there are a few presuppositions with which I approach this blog: 1) I believe in the biblical gospel, which basically purports that all mankind is born under the curse of sin (due to the sin of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden). Therefore, man is separated from God and can have no relationship with God because He is perfectly holy, not even able to look upon sin. Unfortunately, God is also perfectly just and must not only separate Himself from sin, but must also punish it. In order to reconcile man to Himself, God, the Father, sent God, the Son, down to earth to live as a man and take our sins upon Himself on the cross. While on the cross, God, the Son, bore the full weight of the wrath of God, the Father, against our sins in order that we who believe in Him might be set free from the curse of our sin. God, the Son, Jesus Christ, died as a propitiation for our sin in order to appease God, the Father's, holy and just character, redeem us from sin, and reconcile those who believe in this gospel to God, the Father. 2) I am primarily writing to those who already believe in this biblical gospel. In other words, this blog is not focused on evangelizing the lost, but edifying believers. 3) I believe that the Christian Bible is the very word of God. Therefore, it is completely inerrant, infallible, sufficient, and authoritative in the life of a believer.
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