“For You make me glad by Your deeds, O Lord; I sing for joy at the work of Your hands” (Psalm 92:4).
Years ago I was part of a summer mission team to France. We did some sightseeing while there, and another team member commented on my excitement and awe. She had been there before and had lost some of her wonder. My excitement helped her recapture it.
I was reminded of this experience as I read an article by David Jeremiah in the July issue of Turning Points magazine. In referring to the importance and appreciation of little things, he said, “Not everyone can sail off on a whale-spotting expedition, but we can all gaze in wonder at a goldfish bowl or watch the fish in the dentist’s office.”
That comment impacted me. Typically my daily focus is on what is hurting or not hurting, what I need to do and whether I will be able to do it, and what everyone else is doing that I wish I could be doing.
To capture something means to seize it, perhaps using force. I may need to force myself to look for the wonder that God has put in my path–through creation, people, and His Presence–instead of always looking at the problems and potential sources of discontentment in my life.
In his book Recapture the Wonder, Ravi Zacharias says, “Wonder interprets life through the eyes of eternity while enjoying the moment, but never lets the momentary vision exhaust the eternal.”
I will enjoy the special moments of wonder that God brings. I will anticipate all the wonder of eternity that I long for. And I will try and seek wonder even on the painful, mundane days, knowing that God can bring gladness and joy through them, even as I wait for the wonders to come.
Prayer: Gracious God, sometimes I become so focused on my pain, the cares of this world, or envying others, that I fail to see the wonders around me. Increase my awareness and appreciation of all the gifts You give–whether great or small–and may my response be gladness and thankfulness to You. Amen.
About the author:
Bronlynn Spindler lives in VA and is blessed to have the support and encouragement of a wonderful husband and three grown daughters. God’s grace and strength have brought her through thyroid cancer and continue to sustain her through ongoing back pain, depression, headaches, multiple sensitivities, eye pain, and fibromyalgia. You may view her blog of devotionals at http://www.aplaceofsprings57.blogspot.com.
Do your health problems keep you from noticing the wonders that God places in your path? Can you try and notice even one small wonder each day, and find joy in it?
As I read this devotional a video I had recently watched came to mind. I have told countless people about it. Dozens and dozens of hummingbirds swarm around this feeder and the man’shand who is also filming. It is absolutely beautiful as you watch these small birds with such power God gave them! So much power that we built helicopters by studying these birds. Enjoy! -Lisa