The world is an overflowing storehouse of God-wonder, and if I live wide awake, I can see.
The girls and I, we step out the front door onto the concrete stoop, the entrance to the God-Gallery. I catch my breath.
The God of Wonders has rolled out the carpet — a green carpet, lush and velvet. It’s only grass, you might say. But it’s more.
Let’s call the grass what it really is: It’s God-wonder.
And if I were a bit more brave, and if I didn’t worry so much about what the neighbors think, I might even roll in the wonder of spring.
The long country lane rolls out before us, stretching out into the wide, warm world. The twelve ash trees strain toward the sky, with first leaves whispering in the morning breeze. And in this — the first light-filled hour of the day — the sun slants over the carpet and makes long shadows of us.
I hold a camera to the eye, so I can remember what my Soul-Eyes saw — so I can publish His glad wonders and broadcast His fame.
The children, they are caught in their own web of wonders while I snap photographs and while we wait for the bus. One is reading a book, lost in the beauty of words.
The other is picking dandelions, and she asks me: “Are they flowers or weeds? Zoe on the bus says these are weeds.”
I ask her what God might have thought when He dreamed up the dandelion.
“Flowers,” she says, and determined, she plucks another sunny bloom — this one for her bus driver.
All around me, God’s reverent wonders are on display. How will I choose to see them today?
“The world’s a huge stockpile of God-wonders
— Psalm 40:4
God’s wonders compel our hearts to praise Him.
Here are three ways: Pay attention. Choose awe. Broadcast wonder.
1 — Pay attention. So often, I live life with eyes half-closed, missing the God-wonder stockpiled around me. With a gentle breeze, a rustling birch and the warmth of morning sun on my back, I am awakened to praise God.
“Be a God-seeker. Pay attention! Watch this wonder that God is going to perform before you now! – 1 Samuel 12:16
2 — Choose awe. So much of the God-wonders are in the common and in the ordinary. Once upon a creation, God rolled up his sleeves to make even the things that we’ve labeled jagged or ugly … or weedy. Today, I will choose to be in awe of the dandelion — sunny jewels on green carpet — rather than considering it an intrusion.
“Take in God’s miracle-wonders! Do you have any idea how God does it all, how he makes bright lightning from dark storms, How he piles up the cumulus clouds— all these miracle-wonders of a perfect Mind?”
– Job 37:14
3 – Broadcast his wonder. I will tell others what I’ve seen. I will publish His cheery welcome to the world. How easy to make His wonders known: With a Facebook status; a 140-character (or less) Tweet; a single photograph shared on a blog; a Beauty-Hunt with the children; to praise, instead of grumble.
“Broadcast all his wonders! Revel in his holy Name, God-seekers, be jubilant!
— 1 Chronicles 16:8
Linking up with Ann Voskamp today. She asks us to consider how we “live the Resurrection.” Me? I want to live it today by standing in awe of His wonder.