Wonder in Creation

naturefeetI awoke this morning with joy in my heart. I smiled as my alarm sounded and thought, “yippee, it’s the first day of spring!” Spring is my favorite time of the year.

Flowers blooming, trees budding, new life is sprouting up all around. What once was dormant and dead during the winter now springs to life in a beautiful display.

Last week I had a word on my heart. The word was wonder. To my surprise, that very same day there was a new book just waiting for me to pick up on the shelf at Mardel titled, Wonder Struck- awakening to the nearness of God by Margaret Feinberg.

I glanced at the front and back and knew it was the perfect choice to accompany me on our spring break getaway in the country. I reclined back in a chair in the woods and read this book and was enlightened and inspired with the turn of each page. I could feel myself awakening to a new sense of wonder all around me. It has always been here, but in a sense it was lying dormant just as the trees and flowers do during winter.

Wonder: to be filled with admiration, amazement or awe, marvel

I have always been a “nature girl.” Sit me outside anywhere in a garden or park and I am fully content for hours. I can gaze at the sights around me and become enamored with the beauty of creation. Birds, trees, flowers, bees, you name it, I LOVE IT!!

Upon getting to the last chapter of the book “Wonder struck” my heart was almost a little sad. I wanted the book to keep going and not have an ending.

To my amazement there was a bonus track at the back giving a 30-day challenge to experience God even more. To capture the wonders around you and to awaken your senses.

Margaret Feinberg encourages to pray for wonder every day. I accepted the challenge and am enjoying every single moment. Today is the 4th day and as I saw the word for today… Creation. My heart skipped a beat as I read the challenge for today. She inspired to look for a place outside such as a park and enjoy the colors, sights and sounds all around.

Creation: act of producing, a work of art

That’s exactly what I did. I found a perfect spot at the park overlooking a pond with a fountain bubbling up and a windmill gently blowing by the wind close beside me. I reflected back to my morning as I first walked outside before my day began.  I heard the sounds of geese as I glanced up the 5 geese flew overhead above me. It was now noon and as I sat down on the park bench to soak up all the wonder-FULL creation all around me, I began to take it all in. Ducks floating in pairs, seagulls flying, dragonflies, butterflies and ladybugs- Oh My! Things with wings surrounded me. Speaking of ladybugs, there has been at least 4 flutter past me in the past 5 minutes as I am writing. Love, love, love the ladybugs! I was in heaven (on earth)!!

Suddenly I heard the sound of geese squawking as they approached me. It seemed to be their “let’s eat” call. I looked at them and said, “I’m sorry. I don’t have anything to feed you.” All five geese kept approaching me and anticipating feeding themselves. I glanced behind me and noticed a mom with her 2 small children walking up behind me. Oh, that explains it. The geese saw the bread bag in their hands and knew it was time to eat. Their instinct and seeing the bag told them so.

I began to laugh at myself and was amazed and awed by how the geese could sense. Well of course, they were designed by God and He whispers to them when He has food for them. Whether the grass, leaves, herbs, grain, aquatic plants or minnows are on the menu. The occasional bread torn in tiny pieces by sweet gentle hands of the little ones shared with glee. They enjoy each bite.

I thought of how God also whispers to us and gives us our daily bread too. He gently sprinkles manna here and there and everywhere for us to gather, eat and enjoy. He does this by His Word, a friend’s encouraging word, your babies sweet coos, birds chirping and so much more. When I picked up my little boy from school, I just could not wait to get back to that park and let him feed the geese and ducks pieces of little bread torn by his tiny hands.  I savored the moments!

His creation is speaking all around us. Are you listening? Are your ears tuned to the sounds He loves to bring? Are your eyes opened to capture the beauty all around you? Take time to savor the richness in the moments.

As I was basking in the sunshine, I closed my eyes and imagined myself as a flower soaking up the sun’s rays and light. I could feel God’s Presence so near. Enjoyed the moment. Then as I sat up from the park bench, I saw that all 5 of the geese were also laying down and resting right beside me. Such a peaceful and relaxing afternoon. God desires to bring you this sweet peace, rest, and contentment too!

Your idea of a day of wonder may look completely different than mine, and I love that! God designed us each so unique and you are wonderfully made.

His desire is to custom tailor your day with your favorite things. Just ask Him.

I thank you, High God- You’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration-what a creation! You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit. How I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth, all the stages of my life were spread out before you. {Psalm 139:14-15 MSG}

You are a work of art! Your baby is a work of art. A masterpiece in the making.

Take some time this week to soak up some sunshine for yourself. Maybe pick some wildflowers. Make a wish as you blow a dandelion and watch the small particles float in the air. Something, anything, just have fun. Join me in praying for wonder in your day.

I pray for a spring in your step, a smile on your face, and a glow all around you. As you soak up the Wonder in Creation.

Written by Salina Duffy

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