About mid-summer, Don and I took our almost-15-month-old granddaughter Winnie, and her Daddy (Drew), on a fun excursion to the Henry Doorly Zoo. Like her parents, Winnie demonstrated that she could make everything a fun-filled adventure. Her little “pointer” finger never stopped showing us whatever had grabbed her attention. We “oohed” and “aahed” over anything or anyone she noticed. It was as if we were viewing everything at the zoo through her eyes. And in so doing, we touched the wonder she had found.
While reading the Bible the following day, my attention was drawn to the wonder people expressed as they witnessed Jesus demonstrating incredible miracles. When He calmed the raging storm, it stated “And the men were stunned with bewildered wonder and marveled...” When He told the paralytic to take up his mat and walk, it said, “When the crowds saw it (the paralyzed man healed), they were struck with fear and awe and they recognized God by bursting into praise and thankfulness.”
As I read those powerful words, I remembered Winnie’s priceless expressions throughout the previous day. The display of wonder in her eyes, the exclamation of “Ooh” or the sudden intake of her breath. With a fresh sense of wonder piercing my heart, I began to pray:
Lord, I want to always marvel at Your goodness and at the way You touch our lives and the lives of those around us! I want to thrill at the awareness of You and the closeness of Your Presence in my every day life. I want to rejoice over Your goodness to mankind. I want to bow in honor to You for what You accomplished on the Cross. I want to dance and rejoice with delight at the reality of Your resurrection. And I want to burst into praise and thanksgiving for building your church in the earth!
Jesus, I want to always look at You and Your Kingdom the way Winnie looked with awe and wonder at each new facet of this new world she entered a few short months ago.
Just as her delight caused me to see life through fresh, new eyes, may my life express such great delight for You that it causes those around me to see You with fresh, new eyes.
And may we, altogether, express our wonder at the goodness of You!