When​ ​was​ ​the​ ​last​ ​time​ ​that​ ​you​ ​wondered​ ​about​ ​something?​ ​When​ ​have​ ​you​ ​truly wondered​ ​about​ ​the​ ​meaning​ ​of​ ​something​ ​or​ ​the​ ​impact​ ​of​ ​something?​ ​It​ ​isn’t​ ​that​ ​we already​ ​know​ ​everything.​ ​When​ ​we​ ​have​ ​questions,​ ​we​ ​usually​ ​go​ ​immediately​ ​to​ ​the internet​ ​to​ ​find​ ​answers.​ ​Because​ ​of​ ​the​ ​seemingly​ ​limitless​ ​availability​ ​of​ ​the information​ ​that​ ​is​ ​available​ ​to​ ​us,​ ​we​ ​do​ ​not​ ​wonder​ ​about​ ​anything​ ​for​ ​very​ ​long.

We​ ​speak​ ​of​ ​the​ ​wonder​ ​of​ ​special​ ​occasions​ ​in​ ​our​ ​lives​ ​such​ ​as​ ​weddings​ ​and​ ​the birth​ ​of​ ​our​ ​children.​ ​We​ ​think​ ​of​ ​the​ ​wonder​ ​in​ ​a​ ​child’s​ ​eyes​ ​on​ ​Christmas​ ​morning,​ ​or the​ ​wonder​ ​of​ ​the​ ​array​ ​of​ ​stars​ ​in​ ​the​ ​night​ ​sky.​ ​We​ ​may​ ​wonder​ ​what​ ​might​ ​happen when​ ​certain​ ​chemicals​ ​are​ ​mixed​ ​together;​ ​some​ ​folks​ ​make​ ​decent​ ​livings​ ​doing​ ​just that.

God​ ​works​ ​wonders​ ​in​ ​other​ ​ways​ ​too.​ ​The​ ​little​ ​boy​ ​who​ ​was​ ​born​ ​blind​ ​in​ ​a Southeastern​ ​U.​ ​S.​ ​sharecropper​ ​shack,​ ​and​ ​who​ ​nobody​ ​wanted,​ ​grew​ ​up​ ​to​ ​be​ ​the popular​ ​music​ ​star​ ​Stevie​ ​Wonder.​ ​The​ ​boy​ ​who​ ​was​ ​left​ ​orphaned​ ​as​ ​a​ ​young teenager,​ ​along​ ​with​ ​his​ ​younger​ ​brother​ ​and​ ​sister,​ ​learned​ ​to​ ​shoot​ ​small​ ​game​ ​in order​ ​to​ ​feed​ ​his​ ​small​ ​family.​ ​He​ ​joined​ ​the​ ​U.S.​ ​Army​ ​so​ ​that​ ​he​ ​could​ ​earn​ ​money​ ​to provide​ ​his​ ​siblings​ ​with​ ​a​ ​better​ ​life.​ ​His​ ​name​ ​was​ ​Audie​ ​Murphy,​ ​who​ ​became​ ​the most​ ​decorated​ ​American​​ ​soldier​ ​of​ ​World​ ​War​ ​II.​ ​And​ ​an​ ​American​ ​soldier​ ​who​ ​was​ ​struck down​ ​on​ ​an​ ​Asian​ ​battlefield​ ​in​ ​the​ ​prime​ ​of​ ​his​ ​young​ ​manhood​ ​survived​ ​to​ ​become​ ​the chaplain​ ​who​ ​is​ ​writing​ ​this​ ​column.

The​ ​list​ ​goes​ ​on​ ​and​ ​on​ ​of​ ​the​ ​wonders​ ​that​ ​God​ ​performs​ ​daily.​ ​All​ ​of​ ​God’s​ ​wonders​ ​are​ ​not​ ​as dramatic​ ​as​ ​those​ ​that​ ​are​ ​listed​ ​above.​ ​It​ ​is​ ​easy​ ​to​ ​see​ ​God’s​ ​hand​ ​in​ ​dramatic​ ​events.​ ​It​ ​is​ ​just as​ ​easy​ ​to​ ​see​ ​the​ ​hand​ ​of​ ​God​ ​in​ ​small​ ​things​ ​that​ ​we​ ​may​ ​take​ ​for​ ​granted.​ ​Take​ ​a​ ​walk,​ ​or​ ​sit in​ ​your​ ​favorite​ ​chair.​ ​Close​ ​your​ ​eyes,​ ​and​ ​you​ ​will​ ​feel​ ​God’s​ ​hand​ ​in​ ​the​ ​air​ ​that​ ​you​ ​breathe. You​ ​will​ ​hear​ ​the​ ​voice​ ​of​ ​God​ ​in​ ​the​ ​sounds​ ​around​ ​you,​ ​and​ ​you​ ​will​ ​feel​ ​God’s​ ​presence​ ​in your​ ​soul.​ ​Open​ ​your​ ​eyes,​ ​and​ ​you​ ​will​ ​see​ ​God​ ​next​ ​to​ ​you,​ ​in​ ​the​ ​cat​ ​purring​ ​on​ ​your​ ​lap,​ ​the squirrel​ ​leaping​ ​through​ ​the​ ​trees,​ ​even​ ​the​ ​dust​ ​that​ ​has​ ​settled​ ​on​ ​the​ ​table​ ​next​ ​to​ ​you.​ ​They are​ ​all​ ​God’s​ ​creations,​ ​and​ ​are​ ​part​ ​of​ ​God’s​ ​presence​ ​in​ ​our​ ​world.

We​ ​have​ ​become​ ​so​ ​accustomed​ ​to​ ​our​ ​instant​ ​access​ ​to​ ​knowledge​ ​that​ ​we​ ​tend​ ​to take​ ​for​ ​granted​ ​the​ ​wonders​ ​in​ ​this​ ​world​ ​that​ ​God​ ​has​ ​given​ ​us.​ ​God​ ​did​ ​not​ ​wave​ ​a mighty​ ​hand​ ​to​ ​create​ ​the​ ​wonder​ ​that​ ​is​ ​my​ ​brand​ ​new​ ​grandson.​ ​God​ ​sets​ ​into​ ​motion the​ ​physical​ ​processes​ ​that​ ​bring​ ​about​ ​such​ ​wonders.​ ​When​ ​we​ ​open​ ​our​ ​minds​ ​to God’s​ ​presence​ ​in​ ​our​ ​world,​ ​we​ ​can​ ​experience​ ​the​ ​wonders​ ​that​ ​God​ ​provides​ ​all around​ ​us.

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