The Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Wonder Woman, and Wonderland all conjure up our innate sense of curiosity and excitement.
Dictionary.com defines the verb wonder as being filled with admiration, amazement, or awe.
I was completely awe-stricken when my daughter was born. My eyes were opened to Him as Creator of heaven and earth, perhaps for the first time. A myriad of emotions and thoughts tossed about in my heart and head. Would I be a good mom? Who would she grow up to look like, and what dreams and aspirations would she pursue?
As children grow, so does their sense of wonder. They see the world through fresh, inquisitive eyes. Not yet tainted by the evil in the world, they see endless possibilities.
In the opening scene of the 2015 release of Cinderella, young Ella’s imagination is captured by the clouds. The narrator describes Ella as one who saw the world not always as it was, but as it could be. From a young age, she is taught by her mother to believe in the goodness of others.
Everybody believes in something or someone that stimulates their sense of wonder. The magic of Christmas leaves children “wide-eyed and mystified” Christmas morning. Legends and tales of elusive creatures lurking in the recesses of earth capture our imagination and inspire a sense of awe.
It’s child-like faith that connects us to the wonder of God. The writer of Hebrews says it’s this confident trust in the Lord that brings us a great reward (Heb. 10:35). St. Augustine says it this way, “Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.”
We can think of faith as a muscle. If we’re to grow in our faith, we must exercise it. Every day, we’re faced with situations that allow us to practice what we believe. For example, when we sit down to eat, we have faith the chair will hold us. When we cross a busy street, we have faith in the crosswalk signal as it illuminates walk.
Then, there are circumstances we face that challenge our faith more. Not long ago, I was talking to my sister who has already sentenced herself to a future with Alzheimer’s. Why? Because science has proven it’s hereditary. I believe God is bigger than any disease and Jesus died for our infirmities (Is. 53:3-4, 1 Ptr. 2:24). Therefore, I can’t think or speak that way.
Am I in denial? No. I don’t think so. I’m simply exercising child-like faith and trusting in the character of the Father I come to know and love. My hope is in Him alone. NOT man.
God is seen and known through our sense of wonder. If you are struggling, take courage, have faith and never lose your wonder of God. All things are possible with Him (Lk. 18:27). Don’t take my word for it but God’s. You can read about it in the greatest non-fiction book ever written and all-time best seller: the Bible. Take time to ponder and pray as you read. You might encounter Jesus in a new and wonderful way.
A song for reflection: