The heavens declare the glory of Yahweh; the sky displays His handiwork. Day after day it speaks out; night after night it reveals His greatness.
Psalm 19:1-2 (NET)
Think of the first morning when the people walked out of their tent and saw the desert floor covered with manna. Imagine the curiosity and excitement reverberating through the camp when they saw the answer to their collective prayers for provision right in front of their eyes. There must have been expressions of wonder and shouts of praise and gratitude. I imagine this joy and wonder lasted for a while, until it became an experience taken for granted, until some folks got bored with knowing what they would find each morning. Their routine and actions perhaps became mechanical as they gathered this miraculous bread from heaven. A contradiction, I know, but one that we may display when we lose our sense of wonder.
The sense of wonder can be lost when we take for granted the everyday miracles of life: the ability to wake up to another day, daily provision and protection, the opportunity to think and be creative and the chance to love our families, friends and neighbors.
May we never lose our sense of wonder regardless of how often we see the animated formations of beautiful clouds against the azure sky, nor take for granted the sunrise and sunset that separates day and night. Nothing is guaranteed to us, no amount of effort on our parts could create the beauty of the sun.
There are miracles all around us. Let us appreciate the miracle in the mundane.
Prayer/Journal: Father, thank you for the miracle of a new day. I continue to look with wonder at Your mighty works and I will not take for granted that you continue to show your greatness in my everyday affairs, in my family and church, in the lives of my friends and neighbors. Thank you for every these opportunities to constantly lift up your name.
Today, I will look with wonder at the things I take for granted.
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