If I close my eyes to the word “wonder”, images scatter and fly in and out of my mind. I find myself travelling, witnessing incredible moments, and gazing into the eyes of children. I image that everyone has her or his unique show. What each shares in common is the need of experience. With it, we have something to remember. With it, we know what the word means. With it, we have a greater sense of the world around us. We also have an insight and hold on hope.
Far too often, I find myself forgetting, or at least not remembering. I find myself caught up in the chaos that lives in New York. I catch myself living in a Californian isolation. I am present but not aware. I see but I am blind. I live but I am not moving in the direction of my dreams. The missing ingredient is intentional experience.
Included in my experience of wonder are moments with and in God. The memories of being in the Presence are some of the most intense, wonder filled, and awe inspiring moments of my life. Yet I do forget God. I know but I do not. In these moments, I find myself listening to God’s questions. “Who compares with me? Speak up. See if you measure up. From the beginning, who else has always announced what's coming? So what is coming next? Anybody want to venture a try?” (Isaiah 44.7)
I want to try. I want to imagine and dream. I want to wonder and experience.
The opportunity to do all this and more is present, now, in this moment. It comes with each decision we make. It comes with each action we take. It is always with us.
What happens next lies at the heart of wonder. In each moment, we can act with compassion and experience what it is like to move like God. In each day, we can hold and walk with Hope. Wonder is all around us, waiting for your hand and mine. Today is a great one for living.
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