A computer game that my husband and I enjoy has an irritating habit of describing our every success as “Awesome!” This word seems to be the current version of what what used to be neat, cool, or groovy (hate that one!). But wait a minute! What is really awesome?
Awe: an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, fear, etc., produced by that which is grand, sublime, extremely powerful, or the like. (Dictionary definition)
From this word comes “awesome,” which should describe things that produce that feeling of awe. Truly awesome things leave us speechless, weak-kneed, overwhelmed by a grandeur far beyond the ordinary, beyond human comprehension. My husband uses “awe” to describe the feeling he had when he first saw the Grand Canyon. It’s how I feel when viewing a particularly beautiful sunset. When examining the intricate detail of a flower. Or even when watching the miracle of a huge jetliner soaring gracefully through the sky. It’s other-worldly, evidence of Someone far wiser and more powerful than we are who is showing us a taste of super-human majesty.
If we dumb down the word “awesome” to a mere expression of approval (e.g. the taste of your sandwich), what other word is left to express the feeling inspired by God’s wonderful works that bedazzle our eyes, minds, and imagination? Or do we have our eyes so glued to our mirrors, menus, and manmade gadgets that we no longer lift them up to see what is truly awesome?
Click below to enjoy a stirring rendition of “Our God is an Awesome God”—with pictures of His breathtaking creation. NOW, THIS IS REALLY AWESOME!