What are your personal top 10 wonders of the world?
by The Press and Standard | August 12, 2018 5:00 am
Last Updated: August 8, 2018 at 11:32 am
According to the Merriam Webster online dictionary, a “wonder” is “a cause of astonishment or admiration; a miracle.”
God Himself is a wonder as it is explained in Psalm 33:8 (ESV), “Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!” Exodus 15:11 (ESV) says, “Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?” Further, Acts 2:43 (ESV) affirms God as a wonder: “And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.”
God performs miracles that only He can perform every day, so who would not stand in awe of Him?
When we think of the meaning of “wonder,” there are many things that can come to mind. Throughout the year when we take vacations, we see so many attractions that cause us to stare in astonishment. We take pictures, send them to family and friends, and then post them on Facebook or other social media. Some of us go as far as printing and framing them, thus putting them on the walls of our homes and offices for display. Some of my husband’s photographs of nature scenes are so breathtaking that when I look at them, at times, I cannot stop gazing in amazement.
There are times that we go to concerts and hear beautiful music. We allow the music to flow within our inner being to the point of pure amazement.
When we look at a newborn baby, we stare at the baby as if we are in a trance. However, some of these wonders are worldly.
Then how often do we sit in awe of God, regarding Him as a wonder all by Himself?
God performs miracles in our lives every day, and sometimes we don’t even stop to thank Him or to give Him the praise He deserves. We can set our alarms clocks all that we want, but it is only because of God and His amazing power that we wake up every day to hear these clocks. When we get out of bed, it is only by the power of God that we can open our eyes and take the first step each morning.
Each breath we take, each person or thing that we can see, it is all because of God’s power; therefore, we should always be in awe of Him. He is a wonder-working, miracle-working God. If you want to hear a gospel song that resonates this message about God and His power, listen to gospel legend Katie Sankey sing “God Made Me,” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_f1QIUNBFd0. Prepare to have a Holy Ghost experience as you listen to this beautiful song.
We know that the history books tell us about the “Seven Wonders of the World.” However, what do you think should be the wonders of the world? Think about that question as you read this anonymously written illustration, “The Seven Wonders of the World.” It will leave you to do some serious thinking through the eyes of a child. Enjoy and share!
“A group of American school children were asked to list what they thought were the present ‘Seven Wonders of the World.’ Though there were some disagreements, the following received the most votes:
1. Egypt’s Great Pyramids
2. Taj Mahal
3. Grand Canyon
4. Panama Canal
5. Empire State Building
6. St. Peter’s Basilica
7. Great Wall of China
“While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one student had not finished her paper yet. So she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list. The little girl replied, ‘Yes, a little. I couldn’t quite make up my mind because there are so many.’
The teacher said, ‘Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help.’
The girl hesitated, then read, ‘I think the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’ are:
1. To see
2. To hear
3. To touch
4. To taste
5. To feel
6. To laugh
7. To love
The room was so quiet you could hear a pin drop.”
The things we overlook as simple and ordinary and that we take for granted are truly wondrous. A gentle reminder that the most precious things in life cannot be built by hand or bought by man.”
Have a wonderfully blessed week, and never leave home without Him!
(Anna Bright is a minister and educator in Walterboro. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)