Saturday, July 8, 2017

Wonders of the World

The summer months are prime times for vacations, excursions, and trips.  I thoroughly enjoy seeing pictures of the places friends are visiting.  The people, scenery, land features, sunrises, sunsets are amazing to see.  Some photographs bring back memories of times I visited the same places while others offer a glimpse into places I may never see in person, but can still enjoy and appreciate through their posted photos.

Recently, after studying a unit on The Seven Wonders of the World, a high school teacher had her students list what they considered to be their seven wonders of the world.   After completing their personal lists, they tallied the results.  The top seven votes in the survey were:
1         Egypt’s Great Pyramids
2        the Taj Mahal in India
3        the Grand Canyon in Arizona
4        the Panama Canal
5        the Empire State Building
6        St. Peter’s Basilica
7        China’s Great Wall

The teacher noticed that one student was deep in thought and still contemplating her list before adding her answers to the tally sheet.  When asked, the young lady said there were so many she was having trouble finding her top seven.  Assuming the class might be able to help, the teacher asked her to read her list.  Her choices were:
1         to touch
2        to taste
3        to see
4        to hear
5        to feel
6        to laugh
7        to love

The class was totally silent after hearing her results.

Sometimes it’s the ordinary, everyday experiences, places, feelings, and senses that we take for granted that are full of wonder.  So whether you are home, traveling around your neighborhood, city, state, our country, or the world, what a great season to worship the Creator and appreciate, be filled with wonder, and marvel at His creation.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.
Genesis 1:1, 31

The earth is the Lord’s, and
          everything in it,
     the world, and all those who live in it.
Psalm 24:1

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
Ecclesiastes 3:11

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.
Colossians 1:15-16

“You are worthy, our LORD and God,
     to receive glory and honor and
for you created all things,
     and by your will they were
     and have their being.”
Revelation 4:11

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