O God, to the farthest corners of the planet
people will stand in awe,
startled and stunned by your signs and wonders.
Sunrise brilliance and sunset beauty
both take turns singing their songs of joy to you.
- Psalms 65:8
May we never lose our wonder.
This morning my wife and I were talking about how easy it is to take for granted the wonder in life. She related to me a story she had read the previous day, about a man who had grown up loving the beach but at some point lost his wonder of it and moved away. Years later he realized that he had taken for granted his time there, and he found the awe again.
A simple story, but profound.
I have had the realization before, but it never loses its welcome, that I'm taking things for granted. That I'm living outside of the moment in my own mind. Such a simple oversight, but in reality it's terrible and tragic.
We are surrounded by beauty. In everything, in everyone. Every second of every day we are witnessing miracles. The miracle of life, the miracle of nature, the miracle of physics. It's all around us. Even as I type this I'm convicted. How can I be so quick to ignore all that God is doing?
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
- Genesis 1:31
How do we miss it?
It's all good, all of it. He didn't make a mistake. He gave us a world of miracles, a world of beauty and wonder, and too often we don't take even a minute a day to be blessed by it all.
We all have our reasons, some legitimate, some not. And I'm not meaning to belittle anyone's troubles. There also is ugliness in the world, and mistakes. But that's our fault, not His.
And the good far outweighs the bad.
What if we just took five minutes a day to start? Five minutes to close our eyes and feel the sunlight on our cheeks. Five minutes to smile as a child learns something new. Five minutes to marvel at the birds of the air. Five minutes to be impressed by the loyalty of a dog. Five minutes to gives thanks for the air we breathe. These things are simple, they are all around us, and we all too easily overlook them.
Awe and wonder should be a regular part of our lives. They shouldn't be reserved for only the uncommon. The common are just as wonderful, just as good. We are not a people living in a world of lack. There is abundance all around us, if we'd only recognize it.
We know that all creation is beautiful to God and there is nothing to be refused if it is received with gratitude.
-1 Tim. 4:4
Let your heart be always guided by the peace of the Anointed One, who called you to peace as part of his one body. And always be thankful.
- Colossians 3:15
Awe and wonder bring peace and thanksgiving with them. Resting in the realization of the beautiful life we've been given resets our perspective. When our perspective is correct, it's impossible not to be thankful. We've been given so much, and He never stops giving us more.
So I'm making it a point to take more time to be in awe, to experience wonder. To live in a place of thankfulness. In that place it's hard to get caught up in the hard things, the bad news of the world. I don't want my perspective to ever be influenced by something other than Him. He's made a beautiful world, full of beautiful people, full of far more good than bad. I can't afford to forget that. None of us can.
Bright-eyed and mystified, may we be just like a child. Staring at the beauty of our king.
May we never lose our wonder.
Justin Carpenter has a passion for Christ and His body. Justin longs to see the body of Christ be equipped and sent out into all the world preaching the gospel of the kingdom with authority and power.