Wonder of Wonders


         In the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington D.C. there is a wonderful display of rocks – minerals, crystals and gems.  There were samples of beautiful crystals – 1 foot in diameter, even several feet in diameter – in many colors, sparkling with light and beauty.  The gems are crystals that a skilled person has cut to show even more light.  They also are beautiful, but the natural crystals seemed the most beautiful of all.


         At the Smithsonian, I had a “wow” experience.  I saw these crystals - things that are wonderful and marvelous.  They are marvels and they are wonders, and I marvel and wonder at them!


         Tell about a “wow” experience that you have had – an experience when you don’t say “been there, done that”, but you feel an excitement in your soul and your whole self says, “WOW!”


         What are some examples of things that you think are wonderful and marvelous?  Please don’t stop at one story, please give several examples and make sure every partner gets to tell more than one story.  Listen carefully and see if you feel “WOW” also as your partner tells a story.  Here are some possible types of WOW experiences:


         - an experience of the natural world

         - an experience with people

         - an experience with small children or babies

         - an insight into the meaning of life

         - a book that changed your life

         - a poem that inspires you deeply

         - a story that you’ll always remember




The Psalms in the Bible often speak of the natural wonders of the world:


“The heavens tell about the glory of God.
         The skies show that his hands created them.
 Day after day they speak about it.

         Night after night they make it known.

 But they don’t speak or use words.

         No sound is heard from them.

 At the same time, their voice goes out into the whole earth.

         Their words go out from one end of the world to the other.


God has set up a tent in the heavens for the sun.

         The sun is like a groom coming out of the room
                  where he spent his wedding night.

The sun is like a great runner who takes delight in running a race.

         It rises at one end of the heavens.

                  Then it moves across to the other end.

                  Nothing can hide from its heat.  Psalm 19:1-6