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Wonder or Boredom? Your Choice

Yesterday, the biggest news for the majority of the day was a solar eclipse making it’s path across the United States. I have to admit, I was caught up in the excitement too.

I didn’t have any special glasses and I knew my son wanted to see it so I took a few minutes away from work to attempt to find some. After several stores (and unrelated purchases) later, nothing.

My son got all science-y (and a little bit MacGyver) and he burned a candle to allow the carbon to build up on a piece of glass from a frame. By putting on sunglasses and holding this up to the sun, we were able to see the eclipse for a few seconds at a time! (So glad he got his mama’s smarts).

Since all of this was happening around lunchtime in our neck of the woods, I also had the news on as they captured video of the eclipse’s path and the men, women, and children waiting to see it. It was definitely more impressive to see it in real life, but fascinating to watch on TV as well.

More fascinating than the images on the screen were people’s reactions. They represented diverse age groups, backgrounds, cultures, and ethnicities. There was no coordination of responses but in every location, people spontaneously clapped their hands, cheered, and generally had an emotional (some even said spiritual) reaction.

Something made them see the vastness of the universe, seemingly forcing a change in perspective (even momentarily). I am not the center of the universe. My problems and my happiness are comparatively minuscule when I see this. Add to that, there is a sense of community as people joined together for a common goal–incredible!

Then my daughter told me something trending on social media was a swell of “enough of the eclipse already.” Either they couldn’t be a part or didn’t want to, but they didn’t want to see or hear others’ experiences of what had taken place.

I couldn’t help but see a picture of many church congregations.

Worship is never meant to be something the worship team coerces and forces you into; you make a decision to both show up and participate. The difference in reactions to the eclipse were between those who made the effort to experience it in some way and those who didn’t.

I didn’t hear from anyone who shrugged and said, “I thought the eclipse was just meh.” Those who engage in worshiping the King tend to receive something, often to feel something. Those who refuse to engage tend toward the impatient who are ready to “move on to the next thing.”

You are invited to open your mouth and find wonder at His goodness, His faithfulness, His grace, His power… not just in a Sunday service, but every day that you live.

You can either choose to participate or find yourself bored at what’s going on (or even your life), but the choice is all yours.  Miracles are certainly all around for those childlike enough to notice and appreciate.

Worship is ultimately to lead to an experience of the One you are worshipping.

How about you? Did you see the eclipse? What are your thoughts on choosing wonder or boredom? Agree or disagree?

6 Comments

  1. I confess. i did not see the eclipse. I have seen pictures but I was driving to a doctor’s appointment and didn’t think it wise to stare while driving. LOL I already marvel at God’s creative genius. I didn’t need an eclipse to prove it (although I don’t diss anyone who does or did).
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    • Ha! I am thankful you didn’t stare at the sun while driving, Bill! 🙂 May we all find ourselves marveling more and more at the wonders of Who He is! Thanks so much.

  2. In a nation that has been so torn about recently, seeing folks, as you said, of all backgrounds and races coming together and cheering for God’s handiwork was so uplifting! No, I didn’t look at the eclipse, but did take some awesome photos of the strange shadows and light forms it threw on the ground. Fascinating!
    May we always be in awe of and eager to worship our Creator God!
    Blessings, Jason!

    • I know! Everyone coming together was a beautiful thing. And yeah, it was strange how the light changed and shadows fell differently. Glad you had your camera! Thank you, Martha, and blessings to you too. 🙂

  3. It all come back to perspective, doesn’t it?

    I watched the one in Oregon. Pretty cool. No sign of a shortage of sun in my neck of the woods. But yes, it pointed to the fact that we are insignificant in the grand scheme of things. Only He who controls the cosmos that chose us makes us worthy.

    • Yep everything in life, comes down to our perspective. So simple but it can be so difficult to grasp. It does make you feel small (and that’s a good thing). Thank you, Floyd.

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