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Personal Wonder

Updated: Apr 29




The definition of “wonder”, according to Websters Dictionary is 1: “wonder - noun: a cause of astonishment or admiration: MARVEL, MIRACLE 2: the quality of exciting amazed admiration   3: rapt attention or astonishment at something awesomely mysterious or new to one's experience."

 

When was the last time you experienced personal wonder? The kind of wonder that causes your eyes to well up and your heart to swoon. The kind of wonder that makes you want to tell God how breathtakingly amazing He is and causes you to worship Him in His fathomless ways.

I spend a lot of time trying to slow down and reflect on God’s handiwork in nature, music, language, and in my life and the lives of others around me. I don’t know about you, but time and time again, I find myself in a state of personal wonder, gobsmacked, as I experience God in my personal life.

The simple blessing of having eyesight, even though mine is quite failing in my now 50+ years of life, causes me to frequently reflect on the wonder of God in nature. The present view from my desk as I take in my pretty little front yard, with yellow and red tulips, a budding young oak tree, the shimmer of the leaves and grass blades as they move gently in the breeze, that is more like breathing than a wind, causes me to lose time. Then my eyes travel upward, towards the towards the sturdy mountains, which are blanketed in pure white snow right now. And, yet, further still, into the clear blue sky, filled with pillows of clouds and carefree birds, climbing, and descending with abandon, endlessly singing lovely songs only God knows the words to.

I experience these creations every single day but I don’t always fully appreciate the creativity of a God who could conceive of this and infinitely more. How great is our God?

And my eyes are swelled up and I feel the lump in my throat as I consider that my God is so great that He forgave me, saved me, and made a place for me in Eternity with him. All while effortlessly caring for His majestic earthly creation.

So, when was the last time you slowed down long enough to be overwhelmed with personal wonder, gobsmacked at His handiwork?

 

Psalms 19

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.

3 They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them.

4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.

5 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course.

6 It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth.

7 The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.

8 The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.

9 The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the LORD are firm, and all of them are righteous.

10 They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb.

11 By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

12 But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults.

13 Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression.

14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.


Song for further meditation: "God of Wonder" by Chris Tomlin



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