The Invitation Of Wonder


On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
    and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds,
    and I will declare your greatness.
Psalms 145:5-6

“Woah!” she screamed for the thousandth time from her perch in the backseat of my car.  
Around every bend another exclamation of awe would be uttered from her lips.  Sometimes with a faint whisper, and others with full force as though the excitement came from the very depths of her being and couldn’t help but be shouted with all her little voice could muster.

Sarah and her family had just moved to Colorado from Louisiana, and today we were taking them skiing.  This was her first time driving through the mountains.  But for me, I had driven these winding, snow-packed roads more times that I could count. I grew up here. I had seen it before. I was accustomed to it.  Accustomed to the shear splendor.  Accustomed to the unrelenting beauty.  Accustomed to the power they held. Just, accustomed.

But today, I was experiencing these Rocky Mountains for the first time through the wonder of a 5-year-old child.  Today, I saw them for what they were -  a majestic display of God’s glory, creativity, and splendor.  Today, I found myself in awe. 

Before I would unknowingly pass by this wondrous place without allowing it to captivate my soul and draw me closer to its Creator.  But, I would no more.  I saw them. I engaged with that awe-struck wonder. And I saw Him.  After all, how can we be fascinated with creation without being fascinated by its Creator.  

That day was a lesson for me because I was reminded I never want to walk through this season hopelessly preoccupied elsewhere, all the while missing out on what is right in front of me.  I want to pay attention.  To be captivated by the wonder.  To allow myself to pause long enough to look and truly see the extraordinary He has tucked away within the ordinary.  To allow God to interrupt my days with Himself.  And to allow my soul to be filled with an awareness of Him and His beauty. Always.

Jene Sarchet is the Operations Manager at Amazima Ministries, a ministry dedicated to educating and empowering people in Jijna, Uganda. She has a passion for cultivating community, especially if it's gathered around a table with good food and conversation. You can connect with her on Instagram