by: Rich Vaughan
The above subject line is based on words a nine-year-old boy said when he was in a state park looking around at nature. Does God wonder you? Or as adults have we been so beaten down by the news and the world so much that we no long feel wonder? If so, how do we reclaim our wonder? Here’s how:
On the bookcase in my office is a hand carved wolf that is carved out of buckeye wood. Buckeye wood is a creamy/yellowish wood that is very special. My wolf was carved by Virgil Leadfoot, a famous Cherokee wood carver that I met years ago. At that time, I knew the pastor of the Cherokee United Methodist church in Cherokee, NC. On a vacation trip to the mountains when we were a young married couple, Debbie and I went by the church to see my friend. As we talked he realized he could give us a special treat. Debbie was heavily into basket making so he set up a day that he could spend with one of his Cherokee women basket makers. Debbie learned how to go out into the woods and find the right sapling and start from there to make a basket. She had a blast. I was given the opportunity to spend the day with Virgil Leadfoot and I jumped at the chance.
Virgil and I went out into the woods and chopped down a tree that he was going to use for his next series of wood carvings. Back at his home I noticed the wolf carving. He saw how much I admired it. After working with him all day, he “sold” it to me at a very, very small price as I left to meet Debbie and go home. I still marvel at Virgil’s craftsmanship, his ability to make a beautiful wolf out of a chuck of buckeye wood. The wolf still “wonders me”, even today. But as famous as Virgil was and as gifted as he was in making that block of wood come to life, Virgil pales in comparison to the Master Creator.
The first 10 words of our Bible start this way: “IN THE BEGINNING GOD CREATED THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH.” Such a simple set of words, but ponder what they tell us. That God the creator put this universe together. Look at the sky, look at the sea. Look at the mountains, the forest, the rivers, and the streams. Look at a sunrise or a sunset. Stare at the night sky. It totally stuns me when people say “it just happened – there was a big bang (apologies to the show that I loved!), and then everything was just there. If you want to come at creation from that angle, WHO DO YOU THINK LITE THE FUSE? ;)
In our lifetime most scientists have come to acknowledge that behind everything we see, there was a Master Designer. There is too much order, too much precision to everything for it to just have happened. Some of these scientists refuse to call the Master Designer “God”, but we know in our hearts, who the Master Designer is. Creation and God have always “wondered me”; I pray they always will. How about you? Does God still “wonder you”? I pray so, but if you have lost that feeling, look around and reclaim it. It will make your day, week, and life a lot better! Amen & Amen.
Photo of the wooden wolf from Virgil Leadfoot.