Updated: Jul 25
For as long as I can remember my mind frequently “wonders”. Not wanders, but WONDERS.
I verbalize the word “wonder” so frequently, my husband will say to me, in his southern drawl, “You sure do wonder a lot”. I accept this as who I am, yet, I’ve never explored the purpose within my true identity.
This week, as I processed with the Lord, I discovered a deeper meaning. First, my “Wondering” is a verb. I am actively doing something. I am not necessarily seeking a solution; I am simply looking for God in everything. He put a spirit within my DNA that yearns for Him!
I am “in pursuit” of Christ and inspired to bring others with me on this fascinating journey of wonder. The journey is colorful and vast. It’s smooth and rough. It’s unique for each of us, but in the end, we always discover Christ “in us” and us “in Christ”.
Let’s examine some definitions of wonder this week and activate our sense of wonder!
SENSE OF WONDER and a feeling of awakening or awe triggered by an expansion of one’s awareness of what is possible or by confrontation with the vastness of space and time, as brought on by reading science fiction.
“Philosophy begins with a sense of wonder at the meaning of things. Socrates and Theaetetus, in their pursuit of a definition of knowledge, wonder at the nature of things, the meaning of things. Wonder includes pondering the meaning of words and of being. These conversation partners don’t just wonder about anything, they are pursuing the nature of fundamental things, the nature of ultimate reality”.
The dictionary states that to wonder is “to think or speculate curiously or to be filled with admiration, amazement, or awe; marvel.” As a noun, it can be “something strange and surprising; a cause of surprise, astonishment, or admiration.”
David James Duncan writes “Maybe wonder isn’t something we grab, but rather something that grabs us. And once we’re grabbed, we lose the ability to remain unchanged. The capacity to be surprised bleeds into the capacity to be transformed.”
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat describe this practice as one that “begins in the senses, comes alive in the imagination, and flourishes in adoration of the Divine. It arises from our natural curiosity about the grand adventure of life. It increases our capacity to be a bold inner space tripper and an avid explorer of the physical world.”
“For in him was created the universe of things, both in the heavenly realm and on the earth, all that is seen and all that is unseen. Every seat of power, the realm of government, principality, and authority—it all exists through him and for his purpose! He existed before anything was made, and now everything finds completion in him.”
Colossians 1:16-17 TPT
“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”
Psalms 139:14 KJV
I wonder what God wants to release and reveal this week.