Taking Heart

On Whale Sharks and Wonder

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(from Instagram)

The world will never starve for want of wonders; but only for want of wonder.
– GK Chesterton

Wooow, my boy says to himself. He’s a bit scared that the fish are so close. But still, wooow, he repeats. Our hearts expand— mine with joy, his with wonder.

Did you know there are fish that can look up through their own transparent skulls? Or that after decades of research and even trackers on female whale sharks, we still don’t know where they give birth? They go into the deeps and scientists’ screens go black.

At the aquarium, I think of whale sharks and the nature shows our family loves. I think in wonder of all of creation exclaiming his praise.

I need more wonder most days.

Sometimes my life seems too small. My living and working feel obscure. And I need the reminder that God’s infinite creativity reaches the depths. That there are amazing creatures whose existence are hidden from human eyes. They have proclaimed his glory for thousands of years.

Just because our lives are unseen by most doesn’t mean they aren’t beautiful. What happens before God alone can still be glorious.

Sometimes my life feels too big. My here and now consume me. It feels as if all I see in my little sphere is all there is, and God’s arm is too short to reach in. I need wonder then too.

I need to remember how much there is still undiscovered on our own planet, created for his pleasure alone, giving glory to him in the depths, heights, and beyond! How his powerful hands have wrought wonders beyond comprehension, “and these are but the outer fringe of his works” (Job 26:14)!

God is more than big enough for my world.

Perhaps your life feels too big or too small for God today. Might I commend to you the discipline of wonder?

Consider the heavens, the moon and the stars (Ps. 8:3). Look up at the skies, pouring forth speech, attesting to his glory (Ps. 19:1). Maybe go to the aquarium or turn on a nature documentary. All you see is but the outer fringes of your Creator’s work.

Perhaps wonder might expand your heart to give you the perspective you need. May you wooow today to his glory and for your good.

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