When was the last time you felt a sense of wonder? of awe? It is easy to get so used to some things in our lives that we begin to take them for granted. From things like the sun rising everyday and taking your next breath. How can the seemingly ordinary, routine things of life become a source of joy and and amazement?
As with most things in our lives it begins with what we are focusing on. How are we seeing our world and the things in it?
I like the way G.K. Chesterton put it in his book Heretics: "Humility is the thing which is for ever renewing the earth and the stars. It is humility, and not duty which preserves the stars from wrong. from the unpardonable wrong of casual resignation; it is through humility that the most ancient heavens for us are fresh and strong. The curse that came before history has laid on us all a tendency to be weary of wonders. If we saw the sun for the first time it would be the most fearful and beautiful of meteors. Now that we see it for the hundredth time we call it, in the hideous and blasphemous phrase of Wordsworth 'the light of common day'. We are inclined to increase our claims. We are inclined to demand six suns, to demand a blue sun, to demand a green sun. Humility is perpetually putting us back in the primal darkness. There all light is lightning, startling and instantaneous. Until we understand that original dark, we have neither sight nor expectation, we can give no hearty and childlike praise to the splendid sensationalism of things."
As we get used to things we tend to become unimpressed with them. However, as we approach life with a greater sense of humility we can discover a new sense of wonder. We can see things with fresh eyes, hear with fresh ears. Our ability to wonder is connected to our ability to quiet ourselves and soak in the amazing nature of all that surrounds us. It is also about noticing. Once we can humble ourselves and slow down, we can then take in more details, more of what lies before us. It is true in relationships and it is true in how we appreciate our world. If we can allow ourselves time to appreciate the people in our lives and the world around us we can discover a refreshed sense of awe. We can then re-experience wonder and joy as we live our lives with renewed sight. If we open ourselves to this possibility we can find greater appreciation for this life that God has given us, the world he has created and the wonder and joy that comes with knowing such a faithful and loving father.
"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows."