Ralph Emerson touched on the life numbing problem of getting so accustomed to the majestic that it becomes so ordinary as to be largely ignored. Here’s his take:
“If the stars came out only once a year, everybody would stay up all night to behold them. But we have seen the stars so often that we don't even bother to look anymore!”
That we take things for granted is not only noted by our seeming unawareness of the stars, of which we see only the smallest sampling of the Creation, but also of people we love. Prior to Joyce and I becoming man and wife I wondered what she really looked like without all the trimmings. After some thought I realized that over time this star has suffered a similar decrease in appreciation. (I have to word this carefully as some of my readers are Baptists).
With Emerson’s statement fresh in mind I departed from my norm this morning. Instead of jumping out of bed and being on the way to the office 17 minutes later, I just hung around during what often seems an eternal act of the wife of my youth getting “ready” to leave the house. I realized the accuracy of Emerson’s musing. God really was teaching us something when He stated, most likely, through David’s pen,
Psalm 139:14 “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.”
As the Great Blonde was going through her AM routine I caught myself thinking; What am I going to do, if she goes first? Prior to our marriage one of our friends commented to me, “Larry, she is really ‘built!’” She hasn’t changed all that much after 50 some years. I thought of a verse from a favorite song,
“They say we are aged and feeble, Maggie, our steps are much slower than then. But to me you as fair as you were, Maggie, when you and I were young.”
Far too many of the people of Christ have lost the “wonder” of the fact of God’s love toward us in Christ.
In line with the thought of the majestic becoming, to us, ordinary, why not make a list of truly wonderful relationships that have taken on the color of ordinary? Our mate. Our Children. Our church, even our Bibles are taken for granted.
George Washington Carver a former slave, discovered some of the wonder of it all, when he investigated the peanut! Look around and pause for a moment, and be filled with wonder!
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