Mystery. It’s the first thing I think of when I hear the word wonder. With mystery, there is unknown. You don’t have all of the answers at hand. And you don’t need to. When a thing is mysterious, it evokes a sense of awe. Nothing is concrete. With mystery, there exists a full range of possibility. Mystery is, after all, mysterious.
Curiosity is part of wonder too. When I asked the kids last Sunday morning what wonder meant, what it means to be full of wonder, this was the response.
To be curious. If we wonder, we are compelled to be curious.
I like that.
David, in the Psalms, is full of wonder. As he looks to the heavens above, he says with heart full of mystery and curiosity, “When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—the moon and the stars you set in place—what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them?” (Psalm 8:3-4)
David’s question ushers us into the heart of wonder. Isn’t this what we do, when we are filled with such things? We wonder.
The picture of questions you see here contains this wonder.
Each question evokes wonder, just as David’s does.
These questions are from our kids, in our church. After hearing what we thought wonder meant, we opened up to Matthew 11. Here, John the Baptist asks this question of Jesus, “Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?” (11:3) This question is exactly one of wonder, of mystery, and of curiosity! This opened the door for the kids to ask any question they have had about God, about Jesus, about Scripture, and about life.
My guess is, you wonder about such things as well. It is this sense, this connection, which we as a church are looking to engage in. We desire to engage God, to be filled with wonder, to allow our lives to be in awe once again.
As we begin Restore The Wonder together, take a step back. Dare to be consumed with wonder. Wonder about God. Wonder about what He is up to. Look at the sky tonight. Revel in your life and what God has done. Ask questions, maybe even the same ones our kids are asking.
Curiously seek God. Watch what He will do.