Have you been awestruck by anything lately? Has anything just stopped you in your tracks and caused you to say, “Wow God, that is just so amazing?” Virginia and I were at a leadership conference in south Florida last week, and on a free afternoon, we fulfilled a “bucket list” wish. We took an airboat ride through the Everglades. We were both absolutely awestruck by the beauty and the magnificence of the abundant plant and animal life of the Everglades. Psalm 139:14 came to my mind when he wrote, “I praise you, God, because your works are wonderful.” Do you live with a sense of wonder and awe? I think God lives most fully in those whose eyes are constantly snagged by God’s artistry. We all know that we are born with five senses, but we are born with a sixth sense, too, and that is the capacity to wonder. Wonder expands your soul and ushers you into the heart of God. Children come into this world with an overwhelming sense of wonder, but as we grow older, wonder seems to fade away. Hard knocks of life sometimes just suck the wonder right out of us. We take things for granted and we grow old before our time. We get distant from God and faith falters and joy recedes when you lose your sense of wonder. God’s wonders are all around us every single day. Just look around you. Pray for the capacity to see God’s miracles. The wonders of God will cause you to praise Him, and praise is a powerful-healing and life-giving force.
– Dr. Tim Thompson