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, “The 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.”