Small Wonders

Small Wonders
– Author: Author Unknown, from Disciple Magazine
A group of geography students studied the “Seven Wonders of the World.” At the end of the lecture, the students were asked to list what they considered to be the present-day seven wonders of the world. Although there was some disagreement, the following got the most votes: 1) the Great Pyaramids of Egypt, 2) the Taj Mahal, 3) the Grand Canyon, 4) the Panama Canal, 5) the Empire State Building, 6) St. Peter’s Basilica, and 7) the Great Wall of China.

While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one student, a quiet girl, hadn’t turned in her paper yet. So she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list.

The quiet girl replied, “Yes, a little. I couldn’t quite make up my mind because there were so many possibilities.”

The teacher said, “Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help.”

The girl hesitated, then read, “I think the Seven Wonders of the World are: 1) to touch, 2) to taste, 3) to see, 4) to hear. . . ”

She hesitated another moment, and then continued, “. . . 5) to hope, 6) to laugh, 7) and to love.”

The room became so silent it was deafening! You see, it is far too easy for us to look at the exploits of man and refer to them as “wonders,” while we overlook all the amazing things God has done, regarding such blessings as merely “ordinary.” Life itself is wondrous, amazing, and miraculous! Why don’t we notice this and declare it to be so with each breath and within every moment we live here on the earth? To do so is to truly LIVE! May you be aware each day of those things which are truly wondrous! Count your blessings, and shout for joy!

A Beautiful Day

God gave us an absolutely gorgeous day today. It was about 75 degrees and sunny all day. We took the opportunity to take the Harleys out for what might be our last ride until spring. It had been early September since the last time we’d ridden so it was really great to hit the road for a bit.

We were blessed with a safe and enjoyable time out. He saw fit to let us see the last of the beautiful fall foliage before next weeks weather brings down the little that remains. And we were gifted a colorful fall sky to wind up our day. It was like watching the Master Painter work right before our eyes.

What a wonderful blessing these small things are to me. I love to see God’s creation and view the wonders He has made. It awes me to think how almighty He really is and yet so loving, too. Indeed we serve a wonderful God!

Just Look Around

SANTA MONICA, CA - MARCH 06:  A ground squirre...

Each morning when I wake, weather permitting, I head out onto the deck to enjoy my morning coffee. I also use this time to write in my prayer journal. Most mornings I’m very aware of my surroundings, the activities of the wildlife in and around my yard, the feel of the cool morning air on my skin, etc.

The past few days I’ve been far less aware of these things. Perhaps from stress that creeps in on me or for the lack of quality sleep, the reasons why aren’t the key, the missing out on these things is my point.

This morning was cool for this time of year. The sky was gray and cloud filled. And there was a distinct dampness to the air. It would not be what I’d generally call the start to a perfect day. However, I was keenly aware of everything this morning.

The color of the sky seemed so vivid, especially given it was gray not blue. The trees and grass were well defined, oddly so since there was nary a ray of sunshine penetrating the thick cloud deck. And the few animals that were out and about, mostly small birds and a lone squirrel, caught my eye with every move they made.

I didn’t feel or sleep particularly well so I wouldn’t think that I’d be so caught up in this less than extraordinary morning. But I soon realized that I was missing the point; everyday that God gives us is an extraordinary day!

We need but to look around us and listen to the melody of nature to know the wonderous works of His mighty hand. The Lord was reminding me that everyday is extraordinary and that I should treasure the gift no matter the weather, day of week, month of the year or the way my body feels. It is a blessing to just be able to take in the wonders He has made and graciously given me another opportunity to enjoy.

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