May we never lose our wonder.
What is wonder, exactly? Merriam Webster defines it fairly well: a cause of astonishment or admiration, to marvel. The definition goes on, claiming that wonder can mean a miracle, or rapt attention at something awesomely mysterious.
We seem to have lost our sense of wonder. On a small scale, we take things for granted: our smart phones that hold a world of information at our fingertips. Airplanes, even modern plumbing. In a world of so many amazing, cutting-edge developments, we find ourselves overwhelmed by progress, by innovation. And thank God we live in a world where we keep moving forward. However, it’s so easy to get caught up in the latest things, and we begin to desire the latest things that impress us, that impress others. We’re in pursuit of the latest folly.
With all of this modern creation, have we ever stopped to consider ourselves? We are also an amazing creation. The Psalms say it beautifully:
“Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who alone works wonders. And blessed be His glorious name forever; and may the whole earth be filled with His glory” (Psalm 72:18-19).
Us humans can make some pretty neat things, but God? He alone works wonders. He created us, and in creating us, He gave us our talents that allow us to go forth and create, too. And the whole earth, His creation, is filled with traces of things that all point back to His glory.
When was the last time that you stopped and just reflected on that information? I’m sure you may have heard it a few times, but have you ever allowed it to sink in?
We are fearfully and wonderfully made, each and every one of us. And the Creator of the universe, someone so infinite, humbled Himself as an infant to give us life. He lived life to conquer death. We live our lives in the hopes of gaining eternal life. And if that isn’t wonderful, I don’t know what is.
Saint Paul mentions this in his letter to the Corinthians:
“But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man” (1 Corinthians 15:20-21).
I’ve found myself time and time again grappling with these simple truths. How could it be?
With that question in mind, I was listening to Bethel Music’s song, Wonder (aptly named, I know!) The lead singer calls out a prayer, may we never lose our wonder. When I heard those words, and that song, the words really sank in. As if it were the first time, I realized what it meant to have wonder, to have awe for God.
The Creator of the heavens and earth, someone so big, created this world and in all of its majesty, God decided that this world needed me.
I was amazed. In that moment of prayer, my breath was taken away, realizing how much God loved me, how much He wanted me, even though He doesn’t necessarily need me. It felt like someone had put in the final piece to a puzzle I didn’t even know I was working on. And it was amazing.
Over the years, I’ve been blessed with opportunities to visit different places on God’s wonderful earth. No matter where I’ve gone, I’ve been awestruck at God’s splendor. It’s not hard to get emotional when you watch the sunrise over the misty, Smoky Mountains, or the vast expanse of sea on Florida’s coasts. On a more intimate level, I find myself choking up every time I visit home and see my dog. There’s just so much to behold.
May we never lose our wonder. May we give ourselves the opportunity to come closer to a relationship with God, with a childlike wonder.
God has given us so much. Allow yourself the chance to revel in the beauty of His creation. Thank Him for all that’s He has done for you: the big things, and the little things. Thank Him for your life, for you were wonderfully made, and He has made us a new creation.
May we never lose our wonder.