'Pinch me. It's not a dream. This is really happening.' Words said with enthusiasm and wonder. The reason? We took the kids to their favorite place and they were over the moon.
Let's look at wonder. Wonder describes a feeling. Wonder is caused by something beautiful, unexpected, or inexplicable. Wonder is that feeling that causes us to see something as astounding. Wonder brings with it a feeling of rapt attention or astonishment at something awesomely mysterious or new to one's experience. A feeling of surprise mingled with astonishment. Wonder is definitely a 'pinch me, is this real' kinda moment.
In 2 Kings 6 we find a very good example of a wonder done God's way. The king of Aram had his sights set on Israel, however God's hand of protection included the prophet Elisha. Every plan the king of Aram came up with, God gave Elisha a counter plan. Aram's king began to think he had a spy within his ranks, because he was foiled at ever turn. His people told him it was all because of Elisha. Elisha knew what he was saying, even when he whispered. In anger the king sent a great force to take Elisha out. Dawn arrived and with it a large force with horses and chariots surrounded Elisha. Elisha's servant was naturally alarmed and yet, Elisha's response was so calm and collected. 'Don't worry about. We have more on our side.'
2 Kings 6:16-17 MSG
"He said, “Don’t worry about it—there are more on our side than on their side.” Then Elisha prayed, “O God, open his eyes and let him see.” The eyes of the young man were opened and he saw. A wonder! The whole mountainside full of horses and chariots of fire surrounding Elisha!"
The whole mountainside is full of horses and chariots. The entire mountainside. Covered in horses and chariots. It wasn't just with ordinary, run of the mill old chariots either. These were chariots of fire. Definitely a 'pinch me, is this real' kinda moment.
Just this week we had a 'pinch me, is this real' kind of wonder over the eclipse. Ours is the only planet in our solar system to experience the wonder of an eclipse. Why? The sun happens to be 400 times the diameter of the moon, and it is 400 times farther away from the earth. Coincidence? No! This is wonder at it's best. The relationship between size and distance between the sun and the moon makes them appear the same size during an total eclipse. Our Creator established a sun and a moon with the proper size and distance to cause the striking solar eclipses we saw this week. It’s a wonder filled set of facts and the experience is just as full of wonder.
May we each experience moments like Elisha's servants' splendid wonder filled moment. May we each see, with open eyes, the beauty and wonders that surround us each day. May we be aware of His Glory and how He impacts our lives. Everyday wonder moments that are God inspired.