If we are looking, we can see that God reveals Himself to us in simple things every day. Truly His Wonders are
everywhere…IF we only look! We have to open our eyes with expectation.
You are the God who does wonders; among the peoples, you have revealed Your might. Psalm 77:15
Google describes “wonder” as a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful,
unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable. Definitely sounds like a God thing!
Lots of times, I jot little notes or one-word phrases down to remind me of something I do not want to forget. I
am grateful for these little reminders; they seem to show up at the perfect time.
“Wonder” is what God is reminding me of today! Some time ago my husband and I went to see the movie
entitled “Wonder “. So enthralled by the movie and wanting to remember what it was all about, I came home
and wrote “WONDER’ on a small piece of paper and tucked it away. I found it today!
In the movie, a little 5th-grade boy tries to navigate his way in school… in life. Fifth grade can be challenging
for any child, but for Augie it was really hard. He was born with a very rare disease that severely deformed his
face. Having been home-schooled for several years, his loving parents felt it was time to introduce him to the
world. As he started a new school, he was met with much humiliation and bullying. You can only imagine how
challenging his life was. After multiple undeserving and demeaning acts, the school director became aware and
stepped in. Mr.Tushman confronted another fifth grader, the biggest bully in the class. His words, though not
harsh, were profound! Words I think we all need to hear. He said, “You know, Augie can’t change the way he
looks, but maybe we can change the way we see”. His words stuck with me.
How often are we confronted with situations or experience circumstances that we cannot change? It’s so easy to
let them get us down, it’s easy to be frustrated, complain, angered. etc. Usually operating out of such negative
feelings does not help at all. It often makes the situation worse.
In the midst of every circumstance, we have the opportunity to look with new eyes, to change the way we see!
Though not easy, it works! It takes intentionality. It takes practice. It takes God, and it works “Wonders”.
I recently watched this movie again. I remembered that I was filled with life-giving perspectives and I wanted
to be reminded. Perhaps what stands out the most is how God used this little boy, so imperfect in the world’s eye, to
actually make the world a better place. Children, parents, staff were all in wonder of the strength and courage
and the love in this child. It was beautiful and unexpected. “Wonder” was just a movie, but just watching it,
changed me too!
When we change our perspective in positive ways, we can actually change our brains. Seeing through eyes of
“wonder” can rewire us to see God in the midst of everything. It fuels purpose and passion.
Our world is saturated with people operating out of their brokenness and pain. Often, they are not easy to be
around and they make us uncomfortable. I think God is asking us to look with new eyes. We are never called
to “change” them, but perhaps we are called to change the way we see.
This is who God is… “You are the God who does wonders; among the peoples you have revealed Your might”