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)
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.”
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?
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