We are officially in fireworks season. This time of year brings out the biggest and best peaceful pyrotechnics man can manufacture. Dogs bark, cats slink, children cry, birds fly, and the unappreciative talk on cell phones while audiences "Oooh!" and "Aahh!" at the rockets' red glare and bombs bursting in air.
There is something captivating about the bright light spectacles and booming loud sounds that fill us with awe and appreciation. We experience a mild fear that is sugarcoated by the beauty of the display of power and majesty in a well-planned and finely tuned fireworks program. Except for monosyllabic "Oooh!"s and "Aahh!"s, we are left speechless.
Several years ago, I took a study trip to the Middle East. We spent weeks exploring ancient ruins, many dating back to around 3000 B.C. The very antiquity of the sites held us in an indescribable awe, reducing us to brilliantly academic observations, like "Cool!" and "Wow!" Yet, when I took a side trip to Paris, I was left breathless at my first sight of the famous Eiffel Tower. It's not that old, it's somewhat funny looking, but I think it was the celebrity of the structure that captivated me. We are affected the same way when in the presence of a movie star or other famous person. We also usually lose that sense of awe when we become more familiar with the person, place or thing that initially captivated us.
We are surrounded daily by awe-inspiring structures and people and events that should keep us in a continuous attitude of wonder, the most marvelous of them being - us! There is nothing more amazing than a human being! Under the direction of God Himself, David wrote, "I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well" (Psalm 139:14). David's innermost being stood in awe of God for all His works, especially the creation of mankind. His soul "Ooohed" and "Aahhed" at the thought.
The marvels of creation go beyond a look in the mirror. If we paid as much attention to the rest of the world around us as we do to ourselves, we would wade in a never-ending stream of fascination with all creatures great and small. Psalm 104:24 gives a taste of the majesty of Creation as celebrated in the entire psalm: "O LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures." Read the entire psalm with eyes and heart wide open, and you will never take Creation for granted again. Wouldn't it be wonderful to recapture those youthful days when you could crouch on the sidewalk and lazily watch the ants crowd around a fallen popsicle stick or experience the only-too-human wonder of looking at the country's biggest hole in the ground with the most unimaginative place name and have the grandeur of the Grand Canyon forever etched in your memory?
I can't imagine that even cell-phone zone-outs would imagine the fireworks just randomly happened at such a particular time and manner. The precision and design of the spectacle point to the brilliance of engineers and technicians. How much more do the wonders of Creation point to the infinite wisdom of a Creator.
As frightening and overpowering as storms, huge animals, and such can be, there is a beauty about them all. I recommend searching the internet for science, space, and nature sites containing photos of the sea, sky, insects, invertebrates, clouds, cells, molecules, mollusks, flora, fauna, and anything else you can think of. I guarantee you will never run out of "Oooh!"s and "Aahh!"s!
Alan is a freelance devotional writer for Lifestyles Over 50 and the Allentown, PA, Morning Call. He is also the Peer-less Reviewer (General Editor) for Bridgeway Homeschool Academy in Catasauqua, PA, a Christian homeschool academy. Passionate about reviving theology and church methodology.
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