The content below is an excerpt from “Created for Wonder: How to Recapture Wonder In Your Life,” an article originally appearing on MinistrySpark.com by Melissa MacDonald. You can read the full piece here.
One of the things I love most about kids is their wonder. Everything and anything can be magical and amazing. The most mundane can turn into the spectacular. It’s not that they purposely try to find wonder, it’s that they can’t help but be in awe of things. From Christmas trees to puppies to their favorite people—they are in awe.
The simple reality is we were all created for wonder. God designed us with wonder, and our wonder is what draws us to Him. All of God’s creation speaks of Him, and it is full of wonder.
“The heavens declare the glory of God;Psalm 19:1-4
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world”
Created for Wonder: A Time to Relearn
As adults, we have a lot to relearn about wonder. Somewhere along the way, many of us have forgotten to wonder. We get busy, jaded, or wounded, and often our wonder is the first thing to go.
When is the last time you were in awe of the fact that God made you for a purpose? When is the last time you allowed your heart to skip a beat over the fact that you are created in the image of God, and you are loved by Him?
The beauty of wonder is it draws us in, and, in turn, it draws others in.
Reclaim the Pursuit of Wonder
In The Message version of Psalm 111:2, it says, “God’s works are so great, worth a lifetime of study—endless enjoyment!”
The issue is not that there is nothing to wonder about, it is that we have stopped allowing ourselves to wonder. Let me give you a few ideas for recapturing the wonder in your own life.
- Ask for It
- Create Pause for It
- Go Out of Your Way to Find It
- Allow Wonder Back In