This is the fourth of a series of posts in response to the poem “The Wonderer” by Robert William Service. Read the whole poem by clicking here. The first stanza is in my first post found here; the second is here and the third is here.
Now, the fourth stanza of the poem “The Wonderer” by Robert Service:
Then oh! but how can I explain
The wondrous wonder of my Brain?
That marvelous machine that brings
All consciousness of wonderings;
That lets me from myself leap out
And watch my body walk about;
It’s hopeless – all my words are vain
To tell the wonder of my Brain.
A few observations about how the brain operates. There is the “Eureka!” sort of moment; a realization of discovery. There is the “Wow!” of wonder, of being taken aback at how another is thinking. There is the pondering, the imagining of what might be.
EUREKA! As a brand spanking new Computer Programmer in the “real world” in 1987 I was amazed at how my brain worked. Computer coursework in college had not taught me exactly what I needed to know. But it had taught me how to think to learn what I did need to know for using particular programming languages in a specific computing environment. I marveled at how my brain made connections.
WOW! My oldest nephew was about 4 years old when I pulled out the book God’s Paintbrush by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso. Upon hearing the title, B responded in a matter-of-fact tone, “It must be really big.” It took me a moment to realize that God, who is pretty big to a preschooler, would have a really big paintbrush.
IMAGINE. Ponder. Contemplate. Wonder. About a creative endeavor. About a career move. About the words of a poem, the lyrics of a song, the phrases in a text. About a relationship. About God.
Holy God … assure us again that ear has not heard, nor eye seen, nor human imagination envisioned, what you have prepared for those you love you. – From Book of Worship, United Church of Christ.
God has prepared things for those who love God that no eye has seen, or ear has heard, or that haven’t crossed the mind of any human being. – 1 Corinthians 2:9b CEB