Remember Wonder

I find it entirely no coincidence that God would give me these words today—on a Wednesday smack dab in the middle of the week—on June 1st, smack dab in the middle of the year. And while the middle doesn’t always feel as sweet as the beginning, today, the middle is right where God needed me to be.

Today, I came to God with my I’m-overwhelmed-and-I-feel-a-bit-like-a-crazy-person-could-You-give-me-copious-amounts-of-wisdom prayer. (You have one of those, right?)

And God listened.

I know He listened, because while it was silent, I didn’t feel ignored or slighted. I wasn’t anxious or fidgety, but instead I enjoyed the quiet while I sat and waited to hear. It’s called stillness, and if you’ve followed me for a bit of time, you know that focused stillness isn’t entirely easy for me.

Today, I simply leaned in listened. I sunk a little further into the couch, let my shoulders fall, and my eyelids rest. The rush and splash of the backyard waterfall mingled with the cool morning breeze to rise up and meet me. The sweet chatter of chirping birds filled the air that I inhaled slow and deep.

Remember Wonder {}

Then … Remember Wonder.

While I can’t say I’ve ever experienced an audible voice from God, I know when words are His Spirit and not mine, because I can’t imagine coming up with them on my own. That’s all the more true in this case, because I’ve forgotten to remember precisely what He was pointing me to—wonder.

Many, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful works which You have done;
And Your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to You in order;
If I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.
Psalm 40:5 NKJV

God gave me “wonder” way back in January, way back in the beginning. It was (still is) my one word for 2016. My heart was joined with His in purposing to be mindful of His goodness, to watch for His wonder in the midst of every day. My desire was (still is) to see His marvelous works and declare Him wondrous.

I’ve forgotten to remember wonder.

But here smack dab in the middle of the week, in the middle of the year, a God of grace, of second chances, of unending beginnings and perfect, perfect timing once more declares—it’s not too late. God promises that the middle can be just as sweet as the beginning. (←Tweet that.)

His answer to my pursuit of wisdom and the end of overwhelm: Remember Wonder.

And so I will, and I am. Today, I’m remembering. And tomorrow I’m going to try really hard not to forget again. I’m going to spend some time remembering the goodness that is the wonder of God. And while life certainly won’t stop spinning around me and demands will continue to threaten to steal stillness, my heart is to first seek wonder.

So friends, if you don’t see me here quite so often over the summer months, please know that it’s not because I’ve forgotten you or this precious place where I love to lay down words. My absence is simply an indication that I’m off living this life that God has so graciously given, and I’m remembering His wonder. ♥

The beautiful piece of handmade art featured in the above photo was a gift I received on Mother’s Day from my sweet husband. It was created by a very talented artist and dear friend. You can find more of Sherry’s Altered to Perfection creations via Instagram or Etsy.

You can also find these words linked up at my favorite spots:  Holley Gerth (#coffeeforyourheart)Kristin Hill Taylor (#threewordwednesday), and Thought-Provoking Thursday.


18 thoughts on “Remember Wonder

  1. Tiffany – Don’t you just love it when you get lost in worship – letting your wonder of God run free! Such a beautiful post, my friend. I am glad He met you in the stillness and blessed you in such a beautiful way! And… I am so glad you shared your experience with us! Blessings to you!

    OH… and, yes, I do have one of those “I’m-overwhelmed-please-give-me-wisdom-quickly-Lord” prayers, too. ;)

  2. Really great article post indeed. God never ignores us. It does not matter that we have good or bad habits. I have just followed Sherry’s Altered to Perfection creations on instagram.

  3. Tiffany, you definitely are not the only one with an “I’m-overwhelmed … copious-amounts-of-wisdom” prayer. (You get today’s award for the best use of hyphens in a blog post, by the way!) I love it when the Holy Spirit whispers those thoughts that can only have come from Him. And I have a feeling God will give you many opportunities to remember His wonder this summer. :-)

  4. Welcome back, Tiffany! What a beautiful answer God gave you to your “I’m overwhelmed” prayer. “Remember wonder.” This reminds me of something I just read in a fiction book. I don’t know exactly, but something like “If he would just quit trying to fit life into his little box of understanding, he might see more of the wonders around him.” Life can be so overwhelming and hard to understand sometimes, can’t it? But remembering God’s wonder can put things into a whole new perspective. Thank you for reminding me!

    I wrote you a note this morning as I was worried about you and missed you, but now I know that if you’re not here as often this summer, it’s because you’re out remembering God’s wonder. :) Have a blessed summer! Hugs!

    1. I love that God put me on your heart, Trudy. Your worry was a sign of sweet care. :) Yes, remembering Gods wonders certainly opens our eyes and shifts our perspective. I’m looking forward to a bit more of that this summer. So grateful for you and holding you close in prayer.

  5. This was a “wonder” full reminder…! We do get so caught up in the overwhelmed and overworked trap that it’s so easy to forget… And since this is the second post I’ve read about leaning in and listening today… I think I shall follow suit and do a little quiet wondering and worshiping of my own. Thanks for the timely words today Tiffany ♥

    1. We do get caught up, indeed. So glad you feel inspired to embrace the wonder today. Very brave of you (you are still brave-ing it this year, right?!). Hugs, friend. xo

      1. I have to admit the “brave” has been waning a bit… so your post was also a little wake up to revive my mindfulness of my word too! And I love that sign– your man obviously has great taste! What a sweet present!

  6. “Today, I’m remembering. And tomorrow I’m going to try really hard not to forget again.” Oh, friend. Striving to do the same! Thank you for the call to pause and remember. Glad to by your neighbor at #coffeeforyourheart!

    1. Remembering is good, right? There are so many things about God’s wondrous character that are worthy of being remembered…still tomorrow!! Thanks for visiting today, Kelly.

    1. Thank you, Valerie. Yes – listening is certainly a journey and I’m so grateful that we have a God who cares enough to not let us forget what we need to remember along the way! :) Blessings, friend.

I love hearing from you! Won't you join the conversation?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s