“Blessed God, Israel’s God, the one and only wonder-working God! Blessed always his blazing glory! All earth brims with his glory. Yes, and Yes and Yes.”
Psalm 72:18-19 The Message
Wonder is at the heart of believing and trusting in God. The etymology of the word “wonder” is found in the Old English word “wundor” which means, “marvelous thing, miracle, an object of astonishment”.
In the musical “Fiddler on the Roof” the tailor Motel speaks to Tevye, a poor milkman and against all odds, he wins the hand of Tzeitel, Tevye’s oldest daughter. Filled with joy, he sings: “Wonder of wonder, miracle of miracles, God took a Daniel once again, stood by his side and miracles of miracles – walked him through the lion’s den.” He finishes by singing, “Wonder of wonders, God took a tailor by the hand and turned him around and led him to the promised land!
While the young couple loved each other, they did not have much hope that her father would give his consent to their marriage; for in fact Tzeitel’s father had already promised her to someone else. And so, they were astonished and amazed and filled with joy when Tevye said yes.
Have you ever been astonished by the beauty of God’s world? I remember gasping at the first time I drove through the Rocky Mountains. Every twist in the road brought a new scene of incredible beauty and majesty. I was astonished the first time I saw an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland and still shout with joy when I see a falling star in the night sky.
Advent begins with the astonishment of Mary when she is visited by the angel Gabriel who brings her a surprising message. And on the night that Jesus is born, a group of shepherds are astonished by a bright light, by angelic choruses and a message. Does God ever surprise and astonish you?
When was the last time you were astonished by the wonder of God’s creation or the wonder of God’s love? Psalm 72 reminds us that “All earth brims with God’s glory”. So, if you are not feeling astonished by the wonder of God’s glory then perhaps your attention is not fully awake. How can you awaken yourself to the beauty and love that is around you?