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In The Carpenter’s Workshop: Wonder

I sometimes wonder about wonder.  In fact I wonder why people sometimes wonder about so many things but God.


Insignificant things, like there is no egg in eggplant.

Teachers have taught, but preachers have never praught.

Quite a lot and quite a few are the same.

Quicksand can work slowly.

We can spend zillions of hours wondering about things which don’t amount to a hill of beans, or we can seek the world- transforming wonder which comes when we draw near to God.  We desperately need more worship, prayer, trusting, drinking in God’s word, anything which removes that earth-created barrier between humanity and the divine.

The wonder of a small child when they cannot talk or speak is a gift from God.  When we make a funny noise or surprise a tiny baby, their eyes are full of wonder.

A child trusts us and God completely, until that moment when somebody else damages that trust.  It may be a teacher or college professor or a parent who holds up the notion that there might not be a God.  May God forgive them for thinking that they are that smart.

Wonder can escape us all too soon.  It can flee from countries, churches or people.  And it us usually precipitated by disappointment.

Albert Einstein said, “He who can no longer pause to wonder, is as good as dead.”  And Madelaine L’Engle echoed the thought.  “I share Einstein’s affirmation,” she said, “that anyone who is not lost on the rapturous awe at the power and glory of the mind behind the universe is as good as a burnt out candle.”

Dear readers, I implore you to seek the wonder by encountering the living, all-powerful, all-knowing God who is ready to restore wonder.  Shepherd with the shepherds who heard about the birth of Jesus and were forever amazed.  Walk with the inner circle of Jesus as they stood at the Mountain of Transfiguration.  Get in the boat with Jesus’ disciples during a raging typhoon and say, “Who is this, that even the winds and waves obey him!”  Kneel with Thomas the doubter who fell at Jesus’ feet and finally believed when he said, “My Lord and my God!”

The Psalmist writes this to be sung every day by God’s people.  

Many, Lord my God,

are the wonders you have done,

the things you planned for us.

None can compare with you;

were I to speak and tell of your deeds,

they would be too many to declare.

Have you lost your once-upon-a-time wonder because you have trouble believing anything you cannot understand?  Or did you never have it because you had to be in charge of every single moment?  Either way, today is the time to find it, for God stands ready at any time to show it to you.

God points the direction to the things we should wonder about.  Wonder about nature and concepts is nice, but it is only a prelude to the wonder God has in mind for us.

One of the first songs I sang in public was one that I saw George Beverly Shea perform at a Billy Graham crusade long ago.  He wrote the words and music.

There’s the wonder at sunset at evening

The wondrous sunrise I see

But the wonder of wonders that thrills my soul

Is the wonder that God loves me

The wonder of it all

The wonder of it all

Just to think that God loves me

Oh the wonder of it all

The wonder of it all

Just to think that God loves me

There’s a line in the second verse which takes wonder to the place it needs to go.  “The wonder of wonders that thrills my soul, is the wonder that’s only begun.”

This is the dynamic which can return our world to the place it once was.  When churches were full, and people were overflowing with of God’s love.  Where faith is supreme and government is at our beck and call.  Wonder.  Wonder which comes only from being amazed at what God has just done.  In our personal, human, pea-pickin’, complicated hearts.

Augustine, born in 354 AD, one of the early defenders of the faith, wrote, “Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.” 

Find wonder.  The right wonder.  Of course God wants us do admire the mountains, seas and stars.  After all, he made them for us.

But the mistake people make is to divorce them from God who made and maintains them.  We get too big for our earthly britches and begin to think we know more than Him.


Rest in, exult in, find and experience the wonder that thrills our souls, the wonder that  only begins when God is seen as creator and Lord of all.  Expect wonder during the sermon this Sunday.  (Of course, you kinda hafta be there.)