A Place to Wonder

Modern science is packed enough with discoveries that the world we live in has its variables and constants just enough to permit life. This is called the anthropic principle. Even the Nobel-Prize-winning astrophysicist Steven Weinberg confessed that our Earth “is just a tiny part of an overwhelmingly hostile universe.” In other words, a slight variation of its mathematical and physical configurations – life could have been difficult to find.

To a Christian, this is one of the reasons which provoke an expression of gratitude to the wonderful Maker. Or as the Psalmists proclaimed that The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. And this reality of course, breeds nothing else but a sense of wonder. Or as G.K. Chesterton once said, “We need to view the world as to combine an idea of wonder and an idea of welcome.” That is, the idea of welcome is no more comforting than the idea of home, although the apostle Paul expressed that our citizenship is in heaven. Nevertheless, the idea of welcome expresses the appropriateness of things to be thankfully alive!

But to a skeptic, it’s quite morbid. Although a sense of wonder may arise in them, it’s not truly directed to the right object. Because wonder is supposed to be directed the reality of a Cause bigger than the subject, and that is no other but God. Chesterton can no more be clearer than that “The Christian is quite free to believe that there is a considerable amount of settled order an inevitable development in the universe. But the materialist is not allowed to admit into his spotless machine the slightest speck of spiritualism or miracle.” That is, the skeptic is trapped in his constant suppression of a wonder that is supposed to be directed to God.

The apostle Paul boldly proclaims to the Colossians about Jesus that, “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” In short, the person behind the alluring wonder of the created order no other than Jesus the King!

Thus, when a man who truly seeks, seeks beyond his wonder, must find Him!