Robert William Service wonders at “my Hand … my Eyes … my Heart … my Brain” in the first stanzas of “The Wonderer.” Then he notes “You’re just as wonderful as I” and invites us to wonder and marvel at Creation. In the sixth and final stanza, Service turns our attention to God:
If wonder is in great and small,
Then what of Him who made it all?
In eyes and brain and heart and limb
Let’s see the wondrous work of Him.
In house and hill and sward and sea,
In bird and beast and flower and tree,
In everything from sun to sod,
The wonder and the awe of God.
Wonder and awe. Of Creation and Creator.
“In the beginning God created …” Genesis 1:1
I understand the first chapter of Genesis as ancient poetry – beautiful, evocative, imaginative. It is an invitation to take another look at the world and to wonder at our very existence. As a person of faith in the current era, I am quite willing to stand in awe of the ‘Who’ of creation and not worry about the details of the ‘how.’ Nature is. And God was at its beginning, is in its midst now, and will be present in all the days to come.
“Consider the lilies of the field ….” – Jesus, Matthew 6:28
I invite you to look at a few flower photos (sorry, no lilies). Notice the color, the texture, the raindrop or the shadow and to see the wondrous work of God. Then gaze – perhaps at a person or pet near you or at the scene out your window – and notice other beautiful, marvelous works of God.
Wildflowers of a restored prairie on a rainy day. The Morton Arboretum. Photo: TLClark.
This is the last in a series of posts in response to the poem “The Wonderer” by Robert William Service. Read the whole poem by clicking here.