When you live in a city as hectic as Manhattan, it is easy to get swept up in the rush of millions of people swarming all around you. You forget to pause, explore, and look at what and who is around you. Today as I was walking home and thinking about what to write, the Lord told me to take a quick detour through Central Park. As the sun was setting and the beautiful hues of pink, purple, and gold lit the surrounding skyline, the lyric “May we never lose our wonder” kept repeating in my mind and in my ears. The word wonder means,
“A cause of astonishment or admiration; the quality of exciting amazed admiration; rapt attention or astonishment at something awesomely mysterious or new to one’s experience” (Merriam-Webster, “Wonder”)
With that phrase in mind, I took in every detail as I walked through the park taking different paths and exploring new areas. When we are walking through life, we tend to only look at the facts that are right in front of us. The facts tell us that no matter what we do, we will never be good enough, smart enough, have enough money, look pretty enough, etc. Facts are real, but that doesn’t mean they are the truth. Truth is the wonder. It is the discovery and excitement we experience when we are fully enraptured by the presence of the Lord. Luke 11:34 in the Message says, “Your eye is a lamp, lighting up your whole body. If you live wide-eyed in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light” (Luke 11:34, MSG). When we are captivated by God’s wonder, we are literally filled with light! God’s majesty is all around us in everything we see, but it is also inside of us in our identity and in the His light that shines through us.
Ask the Lord to see His wonder in the every day – to reveal the facts of this world versus the truth of His reality. I can promise you that if you just ask, He will expose you to a whole new perspective on the everyday.
May we never lose our wonder.
1. “Wonder”, Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 06 Mar. 2016. <http://merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wonder>
2. Luke 11:34; “BibleGateway.”: A Searchable Online Bible in over 150 Versions and 50 Languages. N.p., n.d. Message Translation. Web. 06 Mar. 2016.<http://www.biblegateway.com>