Have you ever noticed how a certain scent or sound can trigger a memory? For example, when I smell the savory aroma of my neighbor’s grill wafting across the yard, I think of my dad and his char-grilled chicken, and I get a little hungry, regardless of the fact that I just had lunch.
When I hear Martin Luther’s hymn “A Mighty Fortress,” I see my uncle at his son’s funeral, standing tall and singing with gusto, and I tear up.
When I dive into a pool of cool water, that peculiar smell of chlorine mixed with sunscreen filling the air, I think of my aunt who taught me and my siblings to swim and spent many a hot summer day poolside, her tote bag stocked with flip-flops, goggles, and fudge bars just for us. And I’m thankful for the time and love she invested in me.
The Wonder of Creation
It’s no accident that God placed us in a world made to awaken and delight the senses. He is vastly creative and designed us to experience—and enjoy!—all that He so wonderfully made through our sense of taste, touch, sight, smell, and sound.
Creation invites us to praise the Giver of all good things and to rejoice in the God who invites us to “taste and see” that He is good! (Ps. 34:8). As an old hymnwriter so eloquently put it:
When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze;
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee,
How great Thou art!
Our response to beauty in God’s creation should be one of wonder and awe at our God! We can take joy in earthly, tangible things as God designed for us to do because it brings Him glory.
We can savor that cup of hot tea.
We can soak in the glorious sun and feel the sand between our toes.
We can unashamedly love football.
We can stop and smell the roses.
We can watch the busy ants at our feet or the bird soaring through the sky and marvel at God’s infinite wisdom and design.
The Wonder of the Creator
Keith and Kristyn Getty wrote a beautiful song about this very thing called “Don’t Let Me Lose My Wonder.” Kristyn shares how pursuing wonder is not an end in itself, but is “something that leads to praise [God] with full hearts.” She goes on to say:
It’s easy to be forgetful or cease to wonder at all that God has done, and this song is a prayer for that not to happen. . . . The song begins by looking at creation—the greatness of the changing of lights of days and nights, the intricate detail of a web shimmering with the morning dew and the complexity of a human mind making sense of all around it. Verse two looks a little closer at the wonder in people . . .
The final verse, however, settles on one person—the Baby and His cry through the darkness. He is the one that finds us in our confusion, our despair, our crookedness. He lifts us from shaky ground and sets us on a rock where the coldness we once knew is swept away in the light of His grace. This is the greatest wonder of the world.
Take a moment to pause and reflect on the wonder of your Creator who came to earth as a baby to save you. You may want to go on a nature walk or find a quiet nook in your house where you can open the Scriptures or listen to a worship song and praise the Lord for His beauty in creation and in salvation!