Have You Made Time for Awe?


When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Psalm 8:3-4 (ESV)

Awe Time

Last week I listened to an entertaining podcast . One of the reporters related an interesting tidbit about NASA. He said that when NASA scheduled the meticulous procedures in a spacewalk, they forgot to factor in the “awe effect.” When an astronaut left the space station and floated while viewing earth, they needed a few minutes to take it in and process the intense wonder they felt. If this podcast was accurate in what they reported, NASA revised the task parameters to allow for “awe time.”

AweWhat if we allowed for a few moments of awe in our daily schedules, too?

We can look out a window – any window. We can marvel at the colors, designs, patterns, and sheer beauty of clouds, leaves, or stones.

We can stop and acknowledge the wonders of bird song. We can notice a child’s laughter, or a piano’s arpeggio.

Perhaps before our next conversation we could look into another’s eyes and rejoice at the complex and beautiful person Jesus loves. As C.S. Lewis said, in Weight of Glory, “…the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship…There are no ‘ordinary’ people. You have never talked to a mere mortal.”

An awe-filled pause can lead us to gratitude toward the One who created all the wonder around us. Then that pause can turn into a heartfelt prayer.

Have you noticed something remarkable today? Please share in the comments. Where have you been moved to awe for God’s creativity, His gentleness, or His tenderness recently?


Sharon Hinck

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6 thoughts on “Have You Made Time for Awe?

  1. Last week we were at the beach and got to see several pods of dolphins swim past. One pod had several babies in it, and they were so full of joy, I just kept laughing. They would flip clear out of the water – not gracefully at all, but just whatever direction they could – and then do it all over again a few seconds later. I could almost hear them going “Wheeeee!!!”

  2. Margaret, thanks so much for sharing that! One of the most awe-filled moments in my life was when I was kayaking with my husband in an ocean bay and we were surrounded by a pod of spinner dolphins. They leapt, and spun…and even just a group of them swimming near us…they were stunning!

  3. Hi, Connie! Yes, just drawing a deep breath outside and taking in the beauty everywhere is a good pause for awe. 🙂

  4. Hi Sharon. So many things leave me in awe! I will tell you about one from this morning. I am getting ready for my next online Bible study. I checked my group list this morning and saw there was one space available. I looked at Facebook and saw that a firmer group member asked how to get in the group. I messaged her with the link and she signed up. Almost immediately she showed up on my list. Shortly after that they closed down the link because groups are full. To me that was a wow moment.

  5. Hi, Nancy. Yes, yes! I often am left in awe by God’s timing…the way He weaves “divine appointments.” How lovely for your friend, and that you were alert to send her the link. THanks for sharing!

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