As I watch silvery traces of moonlight (or golden splashes sometimes), I marvel over God’s provision of sun by day and moon by night to light the way for sojourning earthly pilgrims.
It’s a great reminder of the Pillar of Cloud, as Holy presence hovering close to guide during daylight hours, and the Pillar of Fire to light the way for the children of Israel when darkness of night closed in on them.
God led and guided them in this way for 40 long years in the wilderness. Years, decades even, when their clothes and footwear didn’t wear out. Now that’s a miracle all by itself!
So why do we become fretful when we fail to see or sense God’s hand at work? Are we forgetful of His faithfulness and trustworthiness toward us in the past, perhaps? Can we not believe in miracles when God whispers to the sun each morning to do it again, to shine for His glory?
We are apt to go through life with blinkers on, failing to truly see the glory markers God strews in our pathway, or appreciate the daily marvel of life continuing on day after day.
But each time I do remember to stop and look, become rapt with wonder over the sheer loveliness and beauty of a flower or plant, maybe, delighting in cloud patterns travelling across the sky or the flame of sunset setting my heart alight, it feeds my soul with gratitude and a deeper awareness of God’s immanence with us.
Shall we try to be those who notice? Not dwelling heavily on the badness that exists but focusing most on developing holy wonder in connection with those everyday things we can easily take for granted.
a golden-faced orb
hangs low in inky-dark sky
waiting for sun’s sigh
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Lovely. I like that, developing daily that “holy wonder.” I would do us all so much good.
Deborah, God has been opening my eyes to seeing wonder in the everyday for a while now. It makes a great difference when our perspective is being shaped more by gratitude than grumbling. I’ve needed a Holy nudge because it helps me enormously as I take photographs and write poetry. An eye, ear and heart attuned to signs of grace tends to become more receptive to the creative flow as well. I can attest to the good it is doing for my soul. Bless you, my friend! xo ❤
Oh, what a great question: “So why do we become fretful when we fail to see or sense God’s hand at work?” Your insights into God’s Presence being with us all along, in ways similar to how He led the Israelites, are full of such truth. I am praying for those opened eyes, to see His Beauty and Holy Wonder in ways that I’ve not seen before. Thank you for this great encouragement today. Love and Hugs to you, dear friend! xoxo
Dear Bettie, you are already the most sensitively attuned soul I know when it comes to being awakened to wonder, and probably the most wonder-hungry as well. I love your desire to want to be more aware than you already are, knowing it is one which God is more than happy to fulfil. I look forward to seeing the fruit of that answered prayer! It warms my heart to hear that you have been encouraged here today. Love and hugs to you, sweet friend! xoxo
Thank you, Tara! I’m grateful that God has given me a topic that is less deep and dark than recent ones. It blesses me greatly to know it has blessed you too. xo
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Thanks for sharing my post! Blessings on your day and creativity. 😊
Joy, I love this whole post, but this paragraph really stands out to me: “But each time I do remember to stop and look, become rapt with wonder over the sheer loveliness and beauty of a flower or plant, maybe, delighting in cloud patterns travelling across the sky or the flame of sunset setting my heart alight, it feeds my soul with gratitude and a deeper awareness of God’s immanence with us.” May God help us to remember this throughout the day every day! Things may not change but how we view them does.
Today, when I’m not feeling that great, I can remember to take time to wonder over what I see and not dwell on how I feel. Thanks so much for sharing your heart and being an encouragement to me.
Blessings, love and hugs! xoxo
Amen to having God-stirred remembrance! I know I need reminders, especially when illness overwhelms me and life loses its lustre. Though that is just the time when we have to try to turn our thoughts in a more positive direction. Gayl, I hope and pray you will feel better very soon and that your heart will continue to be awakened to wonder. Praying for you, dear friend. This writing challenge has taken it out of us. But be encouraged in knowing you have produced lots of beautiful posts and blessed me so much in reading them. Love and hugs! xoxo 💜
Thank you for your prayers, Joy, and your encouragement. I’m so glad to know I have also blessed you. 🙂 Love and hugs! xoxo
You’re welcome, Gayl! xo 😊💟