Wander to Wonder

Read: Isaiah 55

Two songs that our congregation loves to sing are found in Isaiah 55.  “All Who Are Thirsty” finds its inspiration in the first verses of this chapter and the words for “You Shall Go Out With Joy” come directly from verse 12.  It is a reminder for us of how our singing is not only to praise God but to remind us of his promises and provisions for us.

Creation is a marvelous thing.  It is beyond human comprehension of how nature truly works.  We can figure some of it out through science and chemistry but that still leaves many things that truly cannot be explained with an easy answer.  Sometimes it would do us good to wander out into nature with the sole purpose of praising God for the magnificence of this place he has given us to live.

Stuart K. Hine wrote the words that say it so well in the great hymn “How Great Thou Art.”  “O Lord, My God, when I in awesome wonder, consider all the world Thy hands have made….”  When Jim Elliot was a missionary in the remote parts of the Ecuador Amazon River Basin he wrote a letter back to his wife that said these words,

“Amy Carmichael write of little joys, like flowers springing up by the path unnoticed except by those who are looking for them…. Little things like a quietly sinking sun, a friendly dog, a ready smile.  We sang a little song in kindergarten which I’ve never forgotten: “The world is so full of a number of things / I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings.”  Simple, but such a devastating rebuke to the complaining heart.  I am impressed with the joy that is ours in Christ, so that heaven above and earth below become brighter and fairer.”

This Sunday our church is holding the worship service outside in a remote park with wooded trails, various birds, and animals of many types.  There probably will even be some insects, that’s a part of God’s creation I am still learning to appreciate.  But I plan to take it all in.  I plan to wander around in the woods, fellowship with God’s people, and just wonder “How did God do all of this.”

Verse 9 in this weeks scripture text says, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”  That seems like a good thing to remember as we live in a world that tries to have an explanation for everything.  Some things do not require an explanation, they are there just for us to be amazed at what God has done, is doing, and will continue to do in our lives and in our world.

Make it personal:  Find an opportunity this week to wander somewhere.  As you do take time to praise God for the wonder of his magnificent creation.  Go out with joy, be led forth in peace, let the mountains and the hills burst into song before you, let the trees clap their hands, for Great is our God and greatly to be praised!

Have a great week, Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church