Sparking Wonder

It’s amazing how my mind works, (there is an interesting way to start a blog post!) My mind can either be like a snowball, one thought leads to another thought at avalanche speed

Or it could be like a sloth

When I saw this quote, my mind began to snowball

I can remember things that once sparked joy and wonder. Like when we remodeled some rooms in our house and painted my room. I remember when I got my first iPhone, I was so excited!

These things plus others once sparked joy, but now it’s nothing new or exciting. Often these things are replaced with other new things, and those things spark joy for a while until the next round comes. And so, goes the cycle, things get lost to the shadows of time and they are no longer exciting.

Every day there are dozens of joys around us, and we need to look up and see them. So many people get up, do their daily routine and not see the world around them.

From the dirt beneath our feet to the people who walk on it, to the tallest tree and skyscraper, there is wonder.

The tallest tree in the U.S is a Sequoia sempervirens named Hyperion; it is over 380 feet tall and is located in Redwood National Park in California.

And to think that massive tree started as a small seed, is that not a wonder? All the flowers and trees we see, all started as seeds.

Think of the Egyptian pyramids, some are over 200 feet high, and to think men built them in the most primitive conditions and hand tools. That is a wonder.

But there is one wonder that we can call both a miracle and pure joy; it’s called life. The miracle of life coming into the world. My niece was born three months early due to a medical condition she has, and when she came into the world, she weighed four pounds. She was a tiny miracle of life, as all life is.

Psalm 139:14 says

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works…

God has created for us an amazing world to live in, He has given us miracles and wonders every day and we need to look up and see them.

Sometimes they are obvious, like my niece, it was clear she was a miracle, but others are not quite so clear, because we call them ordinary.

Like the seed, we plant a tiny seed and it produces joys of harvest. Living in the country, we are surrounded by cornfields, and by July and August, there is nothing but corn as far as the eye can see. And it all started with seeds.

There are many wonders in nature, look at the butterfly. It begins by being a caterpillar, it goes through a process only God can create, and the caterpillar becomes a butterfly.

Whether it be a wonder in nature, a defying skyscraper, or a tiny baby, there is constant wonder and miracles around us.

It has been given to us by God, and it is our job to notice it and give praise to the Creator.

The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.

Psalms 19:1

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