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.