A Meteor, The Galaxy, and the Joy of Wonder

So, a meteor hit the earth on Friday, during breakfast, of all things. Or just before. There we were, hubby and I quietly sipping our tea and reading the WSJ. Thinking we might also check the TV for up-to-the-minute headlines, we almost didn’t bother. “TV news is so boring lately.” one of us said. But we hit the remote anyway, just in time to hear: Space flare
“A meteor hurtling at 33,000 miles per hour hit the earth in the past hour and we are switching over to Greg Palkot in London for the latest…” Like lightening, we quickly glanced at each other…so, nothing happening, eh? Has London been obliterated in the past hour?

Thank God, it hadn’t, but hey, a shock for a Brit to hear first thing in the morning. Certainly felt for the Russians though. Goes to show you, you never know what a day may bring…

It brings to mind that we are a tiny planet in a large galaxy. When was the last time you simply gazed up at the stars on a clear night and were struck by the majesty of it all. Has it been a while? A long while?

How easy to become so immersed in the mundane things of life and lose the wonder of it all. Losing that child-like, and joyful, quality of wonder.

There is something awe-striking about pondering the wonder of this great creation, and the wonder of God who created it all. As someone so eloquently said on Twitter recently: “Yes, I believe in a ‘big bang’, there must have been quite a ‘big bang’ when God said, “Let there be light!”

It’s also interesting how our lives are put into perspective when a meteor strikes, or simply when we gaze at the stars above us. We are not the center of the universe after all. Not the big-shots we think we are. There is Someone much greater. Massively greater. Someone whose thoughts are infinitely greater than ours. The Bible says it this way: “My thoughts are so much higher than your thoughts, and my ways than your ways, says the Lord.”

Take a moment today to bring back the wonder into your life. Wonder at the wonder of it all, and the wonder of God. Enjoy again the simple joy of wonder.

And remember those Russians in your prayers.

6 thoughts on “A Meteor, The Galaxy, and the Joy of Wonder

  1. Great post Kim! The world and universe is a wonder beyond comprehension when we indeed take a moment (or a lifetime) to take it all in. I like your suggestion to just simply take it in!

  2. Thanks for the reminder to ‘wonder’! One of my favorite times of day is 3:33, whether p.m. or a.m., because it reminds me of Jeremiah 33:3, which causes me to wonder what I do not know! “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”
    PS … your site is GORGEOUS!

    • Susan, what an amazing thought: pausing at 3:33 p.m. (or 3:33 a.m. if one is up, as you and I often are!) and thinking of Jeremiah 33:3! Fabulous! Thank you for the kind comment on the site. Hope you enjoy dropping by!

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