Devotion: Help us to Marvel

August 19, 2020

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness God called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

Genesis 1: 1-5

Sometimes it is important just to sit back and marvel. In all the ordinariness of our day, in all the ups and downs we face, we get caught up in the details and forget what a marvel life is.

The earth was a formless void – it had no definition, no boundaries – it wasn’t. There was a black nothingness which is beyond the scope of our imagination. Something happened in this black nothingness. Where there was nothing, suddenly there was something and this something came from God. God’s wind – God’s creative spirit – swept over the waters.  Think of the wind sweeping sheets of rain over a black parking lot in the midst of an intense thunderstorm and multiply that power by infinity and you will have the slightest idea of the fierceness of the Spirit blowing across the waters of creation.

Light is a marvel, but we usually don’t notice that until we have a power outage in the night. Without light there can be no life. The defining moment of all creation was when God said, “Let there be light” and there was light. Scientists call this the “Big Bang”. Science can describe what light is - “an electromagnetic radiation that can be detected by the human eye”[1] – but nothing can begin to describe the awesomeness of the light of creation. Yet we get a glimpse in the dark of the night when lightening streaks across the sky. 

Today, take even just a moment to marvel at something. It may be a storm, it may be a flower, it may be a yellow butterfly, it may be the ice in the glass of water that you drink, it may be a beam of sunlight – search for it. When we marvel, we are lifted up outside of our routine, outside of the ordinary, outside of our worries, and we see that life is indeed an amazing miracle born out of God’s infinite love.

Prayer: Creator God, grant us the wonder of a child who gazes at an ant with fascination. Help us to marvel at the extraordinary among the ordinary and how the ordinary is extraordinary. Refresh us in your light. Amen.

Provided by Rev. Susan Roddey, Director of Spiritual Life at Abernethy Laurels