Earlier this week I was listening to one of the comedy channels on the radio as I sat in traffic on the way in to work. The comedian was not all that funny. However, at the end of his bit he started talking about how the immediacy of things is ruining our society. His example was wondering where Tom Petty, the rock musician, was born. He went on to say that we now have the wonder of things like all of the knowledge of the entire history of the world at our fingertips in our smart phones. He continued on to say that with one entry into Google we can find out virtually anything, and isn’t that a shame.
Why is it a shame that we can find out, in less than the blink of an eye, so much information? It is a shame because we now no longer have the joy of getting to wonder about things. There is no lag time between a question coming into our heads and an answer being presented. If we want to know something all we have to do is look it up online and bingo, there’s the answer. We now no longer have to wait and wonder about an answer…our brains don’t get time to think about a potential answer, or even a set of potential answers narrowing down the list to the most probable potential. Nope, the answers come before we have time to ponder, to wonder, to formulate ideas or theories. Have a question? The time it takes to type it into our iPhone is all the time we get before, bang!—there’s the answer.
The comedian summed up his observation by saying that we know more things, but we are not any smarter for it.
I am so very glad that our faith in God does not work like our quest for instantly knowing some fact or figure. I’m also glad that because we do not know God for all of God’s complexity, majesty, awe, scariness and wonder…that we cannot possibly know God WITHOUT some time for our brains to ponder and wonder about our Creator, our Redeemer and our Sanctifier. After each of us was baptized, while the water of that new life was still dampening our heads, the priest prayed:
“…Give them an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to persevere, a spirit to know and to love you, and the gift of joy and wonder in all your works. Amen.”
Take time today—be it thirty minutes or thirty seconds—and revel in that “gift of joy and wonder,” about God that was bestowed upon you the moment you became a Christian. Wonder about the God who created the universe and all that there is; wonder about the God who loves creation so much that God would take human form and be present in the creation; marvel that you are known FULLY by God…and that God loves you all the same.
In Christ’s Name,