Fresh Hope – 6th June 2020

Unfortunately as human beings, we have the tendency to dwell on negative things. If someone is ill that can become our entire focus. If money is tight and things are difficult we can easily focus on that. If someone has been mean to us, we make it a huge mountain in our lives. I have challenged myself many times this week to get my eyes off situations and on to Jesus. 

I was fascinated to read a surprising study from the university of California, whereby its researchers discovered that the feeling of ‘awe’ can actually counteract dangerous and chronic illnesses. 

The kinds of awe that they studied included people’s responses to nature and beauty, listening to inspiring music and viewing great works of art. 
These ‘awesome’ responses stimulated hormonal messengers that tell our immune systems to work harder and thus produce emotions that are associated with good health.

Whilst we have all known for a long time that a healthy diet, adequate sleep and healthy exercise bolster our body’s defence mechanism, this study is one of the first of its kind to state ‘the effects of a sense of awe’ promote positive emotions in the context of total wellbeing. 

Being awestruck is of course nothing new to a Christian.
Being a follower of Jesus cannot fail to bring us daily to a place of joy, contentment, love, compassion, amazement and wonder. But to receive those wonderful blessings we have to put ourselves in a place to receive. 

Psalm 121 vs 1-2 “I lift my eyes to the mountains, does my help come from there? no it comes from God”Psalm. 61 vs 2. “When my heart is overwhelmed (with stuff) lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

However, we have to be willing to be led there. 
Let’s never lose sight of how awesome God is and all that He has created for our benefit. 

Let’s never forget His faithfulness and His never ending kindness to us. 

Let’s never lose sight of how “awesome” it is, to get into His presence. What a privilege!

He knew exactly what He was doing when He inbuilt within us a sense of awe for all that He has done. 
Take your eyes off ‘your mountain’ and take a fresh look today at something that God has blessed you with and once again be ‘awestruck’.

Pastor Gillian

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