Spiritual Practices

I Wonder

Life is often sometimes bland. Days turn into weeks and before you know it, it’s a new season. If you’re like me, you don’t even know how that happens. I become complacent and have a hard time being present, or even noticing moments, in my days.

Our spiritual lives can feel similar. It’s easy to get into a rut and just go through the motions. That’s why spiritual practices are so good for us. A spiritual practice is an activity or skill that we apply to our life repeatedly to grow in our relationship with God.

Recently, I needed a spiritual practice that would draw me from the bland and dry faith I was experiencing. I was reading a book and came across a quote from Abraham Heschel that jumped off the page: “Never once in my life did I ask God for success or wisdom or power or fame. I asked for wonder and He gave it to me.”

So I began to pray for wonder.

I started exploring what it would look like to make wonder a spiritual practice. I decided to be intentional about noticing wonder in my normal environments each day. Wonder can look like curiosity, admiration, or amazement. I decided to focus on admiration, but I found that in focusing on admiration, my curiosity was growing as well.

As I’ve practiced this discipline over the past couple years, I’ve learned some things along the way:

Be intentional about looking for wonder.

    • For me, this was praying each morning that God would show me something that would make me wonder.
    • Look for wonder in places you might not think to look.

Be intentional about remembering wonder.

    • For me, this was documenting my experience on Instagram using #experiencingwonderdaily.

Repeat.

    • A spiritual practice requires… practice! Through that process, you’ll find that you are changed and transformed.

Why wonder? I’m convinced that God creates things simply so we can delight and wonder in them, which causes us to delight and wonder in Him. We have a Creator who delights in making us delight. Wonder helps us notice the beauty in the things He created.

“How many are your works, O LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures… May the glory of the LORD endure forever; may the LORD rejoice in his works—he who looks at the earth, and it trembles, who touches the mountains and they smoke. I will sing to the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the LORD”

– Psalm 104:24, 31-32 NIV.

I wonder what will happen when we wonder. If you, like me, enjoy documenting things by pictures, I invite you to use #experiencingwonderdaily so we can help each other wonder and draw closer to our Creator who creates things so we can delight and wonder in Him.

When wander turns to wonder

And I can’t utter a phrase

I’m in complete surrender

And can only offer praise

If only for a moment

‘fore my thoughts drift away

Yet that moment was so potent

In my memory it will stay


About the Author: Ashley Mellenthin
Ashley Mellenthin has been attending Blackhawk for 12 years and is happy to call Blackhawk home. She has had the joy of working in and serving Elementary Ministry for the last six years. Practicing spiritual disciplines has helped her grow in her relationship with Christ. Simplifying what she's learning (without cheapening it) for kids to understand has grown her relationship even more. Want to grow spiritually? Spend time with kids! She's convinced we can learn a lot about who God is through their eyes.