I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. –Psalm 139:14
Lately, I’ve been taking more and more time to reflect on the fast pace of life. I’ve thought it through extensively, looking for excuses to blow through life at a supersonic pace. You know what I’ve found? There are so many things that we rob ourselves of when the pace of living goes up and up. It seems like the faster we move, the more we miss.
Not only do we miss the wonders of God’s creation all around us, such as sunsets, flowers, the beauty of a smile and the awesomeness of the changing of the seasons, but we also miss out on one of the greatest wonders in life: the person who God has created us to be.
People are incredibly complex. When we consider just the physical aspect of humans, we have reasons to be amazed! For instance, scientists tell us facts like:
• In just one year, a person’s heart beats 40 million times.
• 50,000 of the cells in your body will die and be replaced with new cells, all while you have been reading this sentence.
• Nerve impulses to and from the brain travel as fast as 170 miles per hour.
Amazing, isn’t it? What a wonder you are! I love this quote from St. Augustine, “People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long course of rivers, and they pass by themselves without wondering.”
Today, take time to recognize and thank God for the wonder of who you are!
1. What are some of the wonders in this world that you feel like you’ve missed because your pace of life has been as fast as it is? If you lived your life at a slower pace, what would you want to make sure you didn’t miss in life?
2. What parts of your life can inspire you to praise God? How are you fearfully and wonderfully made?
Psalm 139; Psalm 119:73-80