When is the last time you wondered?
Not just a quick “I wonder”…I’m talking about a moment when wonderment captured your attention. A time you stood mesmerized, a momentary marveling, a pause in your day to ponder.
I’ve been trying to let wonder capture me more often, and as the weeks have grown into months, I find that there is little room in my “normal” life for wonder. I move too fast, have too much to do, need to keep up with all the expectations and deadlines others have placed on me. Others…and me.
Wonder needs space…and time. Without either, it becomes a passing interest, a brief ‘hmmm,’ in the bustling “get it done” world. We strive to accomplish much, but in the end, at what cost? When is enough, well, enough? Are we missing wonderful things in our race to grab? Do we even know what marveling means?
In my world, this idea of wonderment started several months ago when I read a question.
“When is the last time you were fascinated by God?”
I’ve asked the question of several people since then…and I get a relatively common reaction. Furrowed brow, a slight frown, sheepish grin….followed by silence, a vague reference, or a ‘what do you mean?’. The same reaction I had when I first read the question.
So…When was the last time you were fascinated by God?
As you think, grab a piece of paper, and then answer this question:
What fascinates you about God?
Don’t just do it in your head. Take the time to write it out on paper…don’t type…write. Spend some time thinking about it, roll it around in your head. Reflect on Him.
If you did what I asked, you spent some time “being still” knowing He is God. You took the time to be filled with the wonder of God. Something we should do much more often.
I’m not going to discuss Sabbath – I do such a horrible job at it that anything from me will seem hypocritical. However, we can have moments of “being still.”
We need to look for moments where we say “wow” to God at work — and we find those pause and give thanks.
We need to allow the Kingdom to startle us — allow Him to draw our attention away from ourselves, away from the call of the world, and to be more aware of His presence.
We need to come to a place where we can proclaim.
For you, O LORD, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy. How great are your works, O LORD! Your thoughts are very deep! [Psalm 92:4-5 ESV]
The Hebrew word for glad in other versions translates to “happy,” “thrilled,” cause rejoicing. Basically, the word is one of wonder and fascination.
So that the crowd wondered, when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled healthy, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. And they glorified the God of Israel. [Matthew 15:31 ESV]
Wondered…marveled, awed…no matter how you translate the words – it comes down to
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” [Psalm 46:10 ESV]
So back to the question…
When was the last time you wondered?