A World of Wonder

It’s incredible to try to look at the world from my daughter’s perspective. It’s nearly impossible, really. How she explores things that we take for granted—cause and effect, gravity, object permanence—and finds delight in them. Not just mere interest but squeal-with-joy delight.

It makes me look at this world of mine with a bit more wonder, a bit more awe at how the Lord made it work, how he made it work so well. I look at how he made her body, so soft and malleable to tolerate her tumbles and falls without ever getting a bruise. I look at how he gave her a thumb, which she found the other month and hasn’t stopped sucking since, and how that is a gift to her because it brings her such calm and comfort. He gave that to her. I look at how he made her personality and how she wears it so beautifully. He gave that to me.

It’s these little things that make me stop and realize the gravity of it all, whisper prayers of thanks in response.

I recently read a book that does much the same. A beautifully written little book whose premise is to do just that: Open your eyes to the world around you, show you how to look at it—in all its brokenness and heartbreak, even—and awe. Because there’s more to this world than what we see on the surface. When we take the time to look deeper, we see the one who made it so wonderful, the Creator behind every leaf and laugh and life.

From Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl by N.D. Wilson:

“This world is beautiful but badly broken. St. Paul said that it groans, but I love it even in its groaning. I love this round stage where we act out the tragedies and the comedies of history. I love it with all its villains and petty liars and self-righteous pompers. I love the ants and the laughter of wide-eyed children encountering their first butterfly. I love it as it is, because it is a story, and isn’t stuck in one place. It is full of conflict and darkness like every good story. And like every good story, there will be an ending. I love the world as it is, because I love what it will be.”

Let us not forget that last part. This world is a wonderful place. And, in time, it will only become even more wonderful.

Find Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl by N.D. Wilson on Amazon. (I received a copy of this book from Booksneeze to review.)

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