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Recapture a Sense of Wonder

Posted: Thursday, December 22

Pastor Jon Brooks // College & Young Adult Pastor

Pastor Jon Brooks // College & Young Adult Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide

Zechariah 2:1-3:10
Revelation 13:1-18
Psalm 141:1-10
Proverbs 30:18-20

 

Verse of the day:

“There are three things that are too amazing for me, four that I do not understand: the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a snake on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of a man with a young woman.” (Proverbs 30:18-19)


One of the dangers of growing older is that we can lose our sense of awe and wonder. Solomon was one of the wisest and richest men to have ever lived. If anyone could have fallen into the mindset of ‘been there, done that’ it would be Solomon and yet here he ponders things that we often don’t give a second thought to: an eagle flying, a snake slithering, a ship floating and a man and woman in love.

 

G. K. Chesterton, writing about the essential sense of wonder in the way a person sees all the bits of life said, “He had often maintained that the main object in a man’s life was to see a thing as though he has never seen it before.”

 

Having two little girls has given me the opportunity to see the world again through the eyes of a child. Simple things like bubbles, balloons, a running stream or a butterfly are reasons for excitement and delight. Have you noticed how much more fun it is to be around someone who has a sense of wonder rather than be with someone who has the sentiment that nothing impresses them?

 

I believe one of the key symptoms of sin is that it destroys awe and wonder in our lives. Sin diminishes the great pleasure we ought to have when we absorb the creative artistry of our heavenly father. Generally speaking, if you don’t enjoy your life, it’s your fault. God has placed you in a beautiful world and has given you the gift of life!

 

Today see a tree (even though it’s bare) like you are seeing it for the first time. Watch the snow fall like you’ve never seen snow before. Greet a familiar frie nd like you are seeing them for the first time. Stop to watch the sun set and absorb all the colors. Wonder at all the people and places God has perfectly planned for your pleasure.

 

Albert Einstein said “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

It pleases our heavenly father when we choose the later.