Wonderings

Wonder 1

I wonder about the physiology of laughter.  How is it that humor generates a spontaneous giggle?

And then I wonder what makes something funny.  What is the definition of humor?  (I suppose I could research these things, but today I’m just wondering.)

I wonder why pump soaps and lotions cannot be engineered to actually reach all of the soap or lotion in the bottle.  There’s always an inaccessible inch left in the bottom.

I wonder why I breeze through green lights on the rare occasions that I actually desire to stop at a red one.  Lipstick cannot be applied while driving through a green light.

I wonder why gas prices keep going up.

Wonder 4

I wonder what heaven will be like.  An eternal existence in the presence of God’s glory and without sin, disease, death or evil is beyond my capacity to even imagine.

I wonder why entire nations of people allow themselves to be continually oppressed by a handful of bullies.

I wonder at the astonishing things people will do for money and power.

I wonder at the stunning things people will do for love.

I wonder why God loves me and actually gives me assignments to do in His name.  Seems a little risky.

Wonder 2I wonder why I say and do stupid things even when I know better.

I wonder why people surrender their freedom for promised security only to find out that security looks a lot like enforced servitude.

I wonder about music.  How is it that sound waves in certain arrangements are so incredibly beautiful?

Wonder 3

I wonder why God did not make a few things a little clearer in his Word.  He knew we’d be arguing and dividing about these things for centuries, yet he left the ambiguity.  He must have had a reason.  (I have some ideas about this…hmmm, sounds like a good subject for my next post.)

I wonder at the inexhaustible beauty and complexity of the world around us and of every uniquely created individual.

Wonder 5I wonder about a God who is both supremely powerful and personally tender, who orders the world according to his perfect plan and yet gives us freedom and responsibility.  I wonder about a God who surrendered all of his rightful power and authority to live and die on this earth for our sake.

I wonder about the power of His love.

“Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts. They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful works.”  Psalm 145: 3-5

What do you wonder about?

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11 Responses to Wonderings

  1. Hi, Judy! My daughter and I were just talking about those who wonder and those who don’t. The other day I wondered what it would feel like to have Barbra Streisand’s face. I wondered if I was a little unbalanced (you have shown me here, I’m not alone, if so!!!). My husband is totally in reality, no wondering there. He refused to tell me whose face he would like to try out. I would like to shut my mind down often, from wondering, and use my brain for more concrete purposes. But I’m thankful for those who do wonder, who create fiction and good real-life ideas, and images that inspire. A fun and also inspiring post. Blessings. Diane

  2. Jeannie says:

    Judy, I enjoyed this post. I wonder, too. Some wonders are funny: I see someone walking down the street and I wonder why she thought that combination of (let’s say) short-shorts and Ugg boots was a good idea … in June! 🙂 Other wonders go deeper: I wonder what was happening when God was knitting my son together in my womb and one of his chromosomes ended up with duplicated material on it — couldn’t God have just flicked that extra bit off with His finger? Or did He have something else in mind and so He just let it go? But I don’t wonder in an angry or bitter way — I just ponder that a lot, the mind of God, these hidden things. I read somewhere that when we wonder, we’re obeying the commandment to love God with our minds.

    Thanks for sharing these thoughts!

    • Judy says:

      Hi Jeannie, Ah, the wonders of people-watching! Endlessly fascinating, isn’t it? And I also resonate with your deeper wonderingly and have many similar questions of my own, I suppose we all do. I love the idea that “when we wonder, we’re obeying the commandment to love God with our minds.” Thanks so much for adding your wonderings to the discussion! May we love God well:)

  3. Caddo-Jael says:

    I wonder about some of the same things you wonder about, Judy–and I wonder why some folks are wonder-ers and some aren’t; I think my life would be simpler if I accepted more and wondered less. I’m not a science fiction person by any measure, but I think it would be so helpful if we could “exchange brains” with people for short periods of time; seems like it would increase our understanding, compassion, acceptance–and love for others. God bless you today–love, sis Caddo

    • Judy says:

      Wouldn’t that be fascinating? Sounds like you, like me, have wondered what it would be like to be someone else. There is nothing like the proverbial walking a mile in someone else’s shoes to open our eyes. Many times in life I have been taught to really KNOW something that I thought I knew through an experience. Thanks Caddo, and happy wondering:)

  4. Larry Who says:

    My wife should be writing this comment because she is always wondering about things. Me? Not so much. Maybe it’s one of those girl things while we guys just shrug our shoulders and slog on down the road.

  5. Sue says:

    Why should we wonder? You seem to have it pretty well covered! : ) Did that provoke a mysterious giggle?

  6. Great food for thought, as always. What wonderful wonderings indeed! Too many wonders to list… 😉 May your day be full of His delight as you take it all in. ❤ Shannon

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