Only Wonder

August 9, 2014

Only Wonder ~ Anthony B. Robinson

Listen, listen to the thunder of [God’s] voice, the rumbling that comes from [God’s] mouth. Under the whole heaven [God] lets it loose, and [God’s] lightning to the corners of the earth. From job 37:1-13

Every year, it seemed, sometime during the week of summer family camp, there was a thunderstorm. Before the storm, it was strangely still. Still and heavy, as if some invisible weight pressed down on us. In the late afternoon the wind would start, gusting up out of the south. Whitecaps soon spiked the lakes placid waters. The sky darkened into swirling shed of gray, black, and blue. Suddenly, a crack of thunder, then another, and then a rolling rumble. Lightening ignited in the heavens.

And  we, happy campers, did nothing. Nothing but watch, watch and wonder. Mostly silent we beheld the spectacle of a summer storm from the deck of the lodge or cabin porch. What was so powerful about this annual array of thunder and lightning? Why did it so often feel as if it were a kind of worship service? The desert father, Gregory of Nyssa, wrote, “Concepts create idols; only wonder comprehends anything.” Wordless in wonder we heard. “Hear this, O Job; stop and consider the wondrous works of God.” The storm stilled us and stopped us. The storm said, “Be still and know that I am God.” Only wonder comprehends anything.

PRAYER: Holy One, I think you for summer storms and every gift or sign that reminds me that there is a God and it’s not me. Amen

Taken from the United Church of Christ devotional, God Is Still Speaking: 365 Daily Devotionals, ed. Christina Villa (Cleveland: The Pilgrim Press, 2013), 236.