“God, You’re Awesome Dude!” PARDON?
By: Donna Haug
June 29, 2003
As we joined our new missionary friends for Sunday School in their home, my family and I were caught off guard when everyone around us suddenly knelt down to pray. This physical act they proceeded to do each time they prayed throughout the rather liturgical session. Being a Pentecostal, praying and worshiping, particularly in church, tend to be enthusiastic and personal. It was a very new and thought–provoking experience for me.
Over the past few weeks I have been contemplating the awesomeness of God and my response to Him. Yes, He calls me into a personal and intimate relationship with Him, and I SO enjoy being in His presence! But, I wonder if maybe I have become too “buddy/buddy” with my God and neglected the holy and awe-inspiring aspect of His character.
A couple of weeks ago, we had a visitor from Canada come to see us in Maputo, Mozambique. We took him to see one of the elderly, senior pastors of the church with which we work. As is the custom here in Africa, the pastor was treated with extreme respect by his family, those who tend to his needs, and members of his congregation who come to him with a concern or request. The latter sit on the veranda of his humble home waiting for their turn to speak with him while a large herd of goats, several dogs, many children and adults mill around in an organized confusion. They may have to wait a long time before the Pastor acknowledges their presence. When their turn finally arrives, they approach the pastor bent as low down as they possibly can and remain in this humble position as they talk and present their need. This is such a foreign concept to us from a Western context. We tend to even look down on such extreme respect.
However, I wonder if my attitude toward my Lord should not be a little more like that. God is so awesome – so above me. How He can love me is beyond my comprehension. But the fact that He does should not take away from my sense of awe and respect towards Him. On occasion, I think it is good for me to physically demonstrate humility and obeisance by kneeling before Him or even prostrating myself on the ground. I am free to pray to my God anytime and anywhere. What a privilege! I am reminded today to not take that for granted. My God, I bow before You in worship. You are the Lord and King – not only of MY life but of the entire world. You truly ARE worthy! Amen!
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Very astute Donna. I guess it's important to also find a balance in what you do. The other side of this too can be seen: sometimes people are so much in awe of the Lord, that they forget He is a Personal Saviour & can talk to Him in any way they are comfortable. This fact all the more shows us what a wonderful loving God He is, to bend sooooo low to come down to our level!