March 15, 2012

Lenten Mission Take Home Points: Day 2

Last night we had our penance service at church, and Tuesday night the priest talked to us about wonder (as in amazement, surprise, or awe as opposed to wondering what to wear for the day).

                "And he said, 'I tell you the truth, unless you change
                                  and become like little children, 
                        you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.' "
                                        - Matthew 18:3

Children are constantly full of wonder and amazement at everything in the world around them.  Yet somehow as people grow older and more mature, they tend to lose that childlike wonder.  The priest told us a true story about Josh Bell, a famous violin player who played a 3.5 million dollar guitar in a Washington DC metro station.  He played one of the most difficult songs to play on the violin.  It was rush hour in the station, and thousands of people simply walked by while he played.  Hardly anyone stopped to listen to him play, and it was the children who tried to stop in their listen, but their parents pulled them away. 

There are literally millions of things in this world that can cause us to be full of wonder.  It's just a matter of taking the time to slow down and take notice of all of the beauty that is around us instead of getting caught up in busyness and stresses of our lives.

A tree we saw in a parking lot on our honeymoon

One of the things that always fills me with so much wonder and awe is watching this video and thinking about how incredibly large our universe is. I think God intentionally placed the earth in such a huge, vast, and incomprehensibly large space so that we would think about just how amazing and how real he is.

My husband can attest to the fact that I have probably not lost my sense of wonder, as I tend to get a little over excited about things we see, and we're always pointing out things we see that we love on our runs.  However, I still want to be more in tune with what is going around me so that I stop to notice and be in wonder of the beauty that God places all around us all the time.


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