When was the last time you were filled with wonder? For a lot of us, we go back to those special moments of seeing a beautiful sunset or an individual completing an amazing athletic feat. What is special about those moments is that they force us to live within a moment. For a brief time, we put aside our worries and just experience that feeling.
That feeling of wonder is something the writers of the Old Testament searched and yearned for in relation to connecting with God. During their seasons of distance, doubt, and pain, they found their way back to God through the wonder of his creation. For these writers, the wonders of God surrounded them. As David writes, "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands," he does so acknowledging that God's wonders can be found in our daily human experience. The key is that we must welcome them.
The term "wonder" often comes with a childlike connotation and as adults we are forced to grow out of. However, that idea may be debunked when Jesus says, "Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of God." (Matthew 18) Jesus' point here is that it is OK for adults to be filled with this childlike wonder and to be caught up in a moment that God has created.
Finally, with wonder comes pause. In order to experience God's wonder, we have to be willing to slow down and experience it. In the book of Job, Elihu says to Job, "Stop and consider God's wonders. Do you know how God controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash?" (Job 37:14) For Elihu, in order for Job to experience this wonder, he has to stop.
This week, embrace of the wonder of God. Look for those moments in which you are filled with wonder or awe. And lastly, stop and enjoy them because the hands of God created them for you.