“The world will never starve for lack of wonders, but for lack of wonder.”
— GK Chesterton
Wonder: to be filled with admiration, amazement, or awe; marvel
This morning I was reading from the book of Isaiah which fills me with sorrow for the state of Israel in the past and yet fills me with hope for the blessings to come. Sadly, many of the truths regarding Israel are true of the culture of today. Look at verse 13 in chapter 29:
The Lord says:
“These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.”
But the following verse caught my eye:
“Therefore once more I will astound these people with wonder upon wonder;
the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish.”
I thought about how often God astounds me with wonder upon wonder. And, of course, I thought of Chesterton’s quote which reminds me to never take God for granted.
Sometimes God astounds me with His wonders head on! He surprises me with moments of joy. After reading (and thinking) all these things this morning, could it be a coincidence that when I walked out my front door I looked up almost eye-to-eye with a doe? Beside her was the sweetest little fawn – spots and all. We both jerked. I said “OH!” I’m not sure what she said, but for a split second we stared at each other. Then she ran. The little one ran after her.
They stopped in the neighbor’s front yard and looked back at me. I peeked around the burning bush. They walked on into the cornfield. (I must say, the little one defined the word ‘frolic’ this morning. Mom walked sedately, keeping an eye on me, while the little fawn jumped and hopped and skipped and frolicked behind her.)
Today I have also admired the persistent calls of the chickadee . . .
Marveled at the sweetness of Queen Anne’s Lace mixed with blue Cornflowers by the roadside . . .
Tasted the wonder of a juicy ripe peach . . .
Laughed at the joy of a baby’s smile . . .
With no lack of wonders from our Almighty God, we need to be ready with a camera and a worshipful heart.