Do you live in awe & wonder?
"I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see. The longer I live, the more my mind dwells upon the beauty and the wonder of the world." – John Burroughs
I felt like a kid the other day, walking along the beach, crouched down, mesmerised by the scattered shells. They were all different sizes - some big, some teeny tiny and all different shapes. The colours were so fascinating - some bright, others muted, some striped, some spotty.
I was completely in my own little world with God. Just in awe of His unusual creation. I wished that the day would be longer so I could stay there discovering more shells.
I sound like a kid. I felt like a kid. And I loved every moment of it.
Do you know how many times I've walked along the beach? Hundreds. But normally I would have overlooked the beauty of the shells that were right in front of me.
Maybe like me, you need to adjust your focus. Are you aware of the beauty that's around you? Do you take delight in it? Do you ever stop to think about how God created every element of nature that you see? Maybe it's time for a fresh perspective. Maybe it's time to the see the world like a child captured by wonder.
Research reveals that living with a sense of wonder and awe leads to a happier and more fulfilled life by improving psychological and physical health as well as social interaction. I believe living with awe and wonder is very closely linked to gratefulness. The more grateful we are, the more in awe of what God has done. But it also works the other way: the more in awe we are of what God has done, the more grateful we are.
Life can be tough. It can give us situations that are depressing and stressful. But whether you are in a high or a low spot, I challenge you to regularly remind yourself of what you are grateful for. See the world like a child who is constantly amazed and intrigued by her surroundings. Have faith like a child. Find beauty in what you have.
How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number – living things both large and small. (Psalm 104:24-25)
The evidence of our loving God is all around us if we would simply open our eyes:
They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles. So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. (Romans 1:19-25)
Take a word of warning from the passage above to not ever worship the created. Give credit where credit is due and give thanks to the Creator.
Open your eyes to the wonder around you.
I encourage you to have a good read of these encouraging, challenging and beautiful verses: