Wonder of Wonders

“You have multiplied, O Lord my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you! I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told.” “You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples.” “We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.” “You, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy. How great are your works, O Lord!” “O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. Here is the sea, great and wide, which teems with creatures innumerable, living things both small and great.” Psalm 40:5; 77:14; 78:4; 92:4-5; 104:23-24

As the dark sky faded to periwinkle, then paled to lavender-white, I marveled at the graceful silhouettes of a happy pair of birds, flitting through the air, delighting in the morning. Our Maker imagined and created these winged beauties to delight our imaginations, spark our dreams, and lift our souls and eyes to wonder at suspension in space, flight across the eternal backdrop of sky.

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And blue bottle jellyfish! As we climbed craggy rocks down to the coarse beach I marveled at the vibrant swath of purple-blue where the waves had been, enthralled to discover tiny detailed architecturally-magnificent creatures littering the shore. Each was a masterpiece, intricately striped with perfect helix-shaped translucent blue body, topped with a sail to keep them afloat in the ocean, the line of them a breath-taking beauty on a coastline that already thrilled the heart. O what wonder, how amazing, this Creator!

The wonder of His wonders is that He would choose to provide such delight for us, to manifest His measureless love in so rich a setting for our lives, to shout His glory in all He has made so that we might partake. His signature of love, of personal interest and care, of abounding grace, favor, protection, order, is written all over the world He has made.

He stretches out the north over the void and hangs the earth on nothing.
He binds up the waters in his thick clouds, and the cloud is not split open under them.
He covers the face of the full moon and spreads over it his cloud.
He has inscribed a circle on the face of the waters at the boundary between light and darkness…
Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways, and how small a whisper do we hear of him!” Job 26:7-10,14

When we open our eyes and ears and schedules to take in His wonders, when we contemplate the “all” He has done that we can see and understand, we are dwarfed by His greatness, and lost in wonder, love, and praise. We behold Him, we are transfixed; His place in our lives increases, we become less; His beauty is magnified, He is exalted.

Lord on High, keep me in the place of wonder at Your works, and at the wonder of You.

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