Wonder

I have a little two-year-old brother who is pretty much the cutest kid in the world. I love doing things with him, because seeing him experience something for the first time is almost like doing it the first time myself. Yesterday he and I were wandering around outside, and he was just like any other kid, pointing out everything he saw. Kitty! Truck! Flowers! Water! Sand! Trees! And while I followed him, I caught his same contagious joy of discovering objects. Have you ever looked at something you see every day, and suddenly seen it for the first time? Or do you go about your daily life, ignoring ‘normal’ things? Humans are so inclined to take things for granted. I’m sure we all realize that, and yet, how often do we really try to change and view everything as special, brilliant, wonderful? Not very often. G.K. Chesterton rightly pointed out that, β€œThe world will never starve for want of wonders, but for want of wonder.” Maybe that’s because we don’t think it’s necessary. But it is! Westminster catechism tells us that the primary purpose of man is: “To glorify God and enjoy Him forever”. Enjoy Him forever! It’s a Biblical command!

But how can we break away from monotony and embrace surprise, wonder, and joy? By looking at everything like a child- and seeing it for the first time. The following are seven things that have earned my wonder and complete enjoyment. I hope you make your own list, and add to it every moment.

Purple! This is a miraculous color- the gorgeous result of the marriage of red and blue. Yet it resembles neither. It’s a color that makes me want to dance when I see it splashed across the universe. The color of royalty, the color of violets, the embodiment of spherical music. Surely if music was visible, it would be purple.

Skyscrapers. Remember walking in the heart of some huge city, your route drenched in the shade of massive buildings? Looking up, they are all windows, reflecting the sky and their monolith neighbors. At night they are blanketed in diamond lights. They are crisp while weighing tons; they kiss the sky while people scurry at their feet.
Noses. These are weird. Don’t go around staring at people too much, but noses are definitely a reason to laugh and enjoy life.

Tides. Sure, we know the moon controls the tides and keeps them from flooding the earth and annihilating the human race, but this isn’t just a fact of science, to study in Elementary school and toss aside. Just think of the intricacy of this arrangement! Every time the tide comes in or recedes, a miracle has occurred. The brilliance of God astounds me- He has made nature His canvas for the most wonderful artistry.
Plastic. Who thought up plastic? That God enabled man to create synthetic materials is amazing. We use His laws of physics to construct perfect angles, curves, and lines in our products. This is cool.
Gravity! Ever considered that it’s an absolutely remarkable phenomenon that you walk upright? Or can sit still for hours (even if this gets uncomfortable)? Think of how everything could have been different. We are all amazing, because we all might not have been.
Wonder. Wonder itself- the emotion, the realization- is wonderful. God didn’t just create amazing things- He gave us the ability to be amazed. This is a brilliant facet of His grace. Besides the command to glorify Him, He cared enough to command us to enjoy Him! And we can enjoy Him all our lives, with every miraculous breath, in every rather odd word of our language! He gave us more than life- He gave us life with Him. And because He died- we can truly live. So live!

As Oscar Wilde said, “To live is the rarest thing in the world- most people exist, that is all.”


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10 responses

  1. Renee

    My dear Grace,
    you missed one. I wonder at you.
    love,
    Renee

    March 12, 2010 at 10:34 pm

  2. Grace,

    This was beautiful. And I’ve noticed noses and gravity before… there’s so much to think about and let your mind be confused by. It’s so much fun. πŸ˜‰

    ~Janie

    March 13, 2010 at 9:01 am

  3. Haha! Pretty much awesome, and so true.
    -Dunvegan Highlander

    March 13, 2010 at 12:06 pm

  4. You know I’ve been thinking about that too these last couple of days. Take for example a flower. The are beautiful things!
    We really take every thing for granted these days. Friends are another thing we take for grant but they are really one of the best things we have. Proverbs 18:24 says “A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friends who sticks closer then a brother.” Friends are AWESOME!!!
    I really liked what you had to say about this!

    And I would have to disagree, if you could see music it would be scarlet. πŸ™‚

    March 13, 2010 at 12:41 pm

  5. Renee

    Wouldn’t the color of music depend on what the music was?

    March 13, 2010 at 8:47 pm

  6. Oh, Grace, this was a brilliant post! Often I’ve wondered at those wondrous little-big things. So amazing. The human heart and mind could never ever even begin to understand God’s ways…who could’ve ever thought up something like a nose? And all it does to help us breath and live? Or the moon controlling the tides? Wow. Yet He thinks so highly of us lowly humans, giving us the brains to create plastic ‘n such. Ming blowing…

    And I love the quote from Oscar Wilde – because I love quotes that tell us to LIVE! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    I wonder at *you,* too. You’re so grand. =D ❀

    March 14, 2010 at 10:25 am

  7. ….And I simply adore your description of purple. ^_^
    “a color that makes me want to dance when I see it splashed across the universe”….”surely if music was visible, it would be purple”… Mmmmmm… yes! πŸ˜‰

    March 14, 2010 at 10:27 am

  8. Renee, it probably would. =) I was just supposing, and really- purple is such an emotional color. Composed of red and blue (a ‘warm’ color, and a ‘cool’ color), it’s capable of being fiery energetic or softly melancholy. And anything in between. Like music. So I think they’d work well in a metaphor!

    Anna… you’re so funny. πŸ˜‰ I’m not very wondrous at all. But I am full of wonder at the world! I’m glad you are too.

    March 14, 2010 at 3:42 pm

  9. By the way……. plastic is bad for you!!!!! πŸ˜‰

    March 17, 2010 at 7:57 pm

  10. Now that is a thought. “If music were visible…” I shudder and delight, cringe and soar all at the same time thinking of the possibility of purposefully arranged pitches being seen, not as black notation on white paper but something even more… well, tangible than that.

    You totally made my day. Thank you, Grace!

    Love always,
    Melanie

    P.S. I know. Noses are seriously funny. Wouldn’t want to live without one.

    March 19, 2010 at 5:28 pm

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