Do you find that, as adults, we often lose sight of life’s little wonders? Perhaps that’s one of the reasons I enjoy time spent with my grandchildren. They remind me to slow down, to play, to pay attention to the marvels around me that I’d otherwise overlook in my busyness—wonders such as a songbird’s melody, an ant’s work ethic, and a rose’s sweet scent.
I’m becoming increasingly aware of how busyness—even service done for Jesus’s sake—can muffle my appreciation for both physical wonders and spiritual wonders. Within the latter context, it’s good to slow down and bask in Scriptures such as Colossians 1:13-14—“For he [God] has rescued us from the one who rules in the kingdom of darkness, and he has brought us into the Kingdom of his dear Son. God has purchased our freedom with his blood and has forgiven all our sins.”
When I read these verses recently, a sense of wonder washed over me like a tsunami wave. Imagine! God, seeing us—His beloved creation—held hostage by an enemy bent on our destruction, paid the ransom to secure our freedom. He spared no expense. He willingly paid that ransom even though it cost the life of His only Son. His actions freed us from the kingdom of darkness to live in the kingdom of light.
How amazing is that?
Losing our sense of wonder at what God’s done causes us to take our salvation forgranted. Faith becomes ho-hum. We sing worship songs without thinking about the words. We neglect to invite the Lord into our daily activities and conversations. We turn His truth into what suits us rather than upholding it because it reflects His nature. We fall prey to fear and insecurities of every sort.
But retaining that sense of wonder changes everything. It makes us mindful that we are His beloved children. We needn’t worry about a thing. If He willingly paid such a costly ransom, is He not going to look after us? Wonder at what God’s done for us reminds us that sinful habits no longer rule us. Christ’s death and resurrection broke those chains and set us free. He made us victorious warriors and shares His glorious inheritance with us.
I have a hunch we lack wonder sometimes because our human minds can’t even begin to fathom the depth of God’s love for us. But what might happen if we asked Him to open our eyes and give us a glimpse, a peek at what salvation really means?
How might our lives change?