Alice in Wonderland…a classic of print, film, and cartoon.
The Wonder Years…so many members of my generation grew up with Fred Savage.
Wonder bread…filling school lunchboxes for over 85 years.
“Walking in a Winter Wonderland”…a holiday anthem which never fails to get Dolly Parton‘s voice stuck into my head around Christmas time.
I watched the Emmy awards ceremony this year, and the opening theme song was “TV is a Vast Wonderland.”
Are you catching the theme?
The word wonder is perhaps regularly overused–we are quick to label just about anything as wonderful! But there is something that grabs us about a place, a product, a media event which promises to cater to our sense of wonder. Imagination, dreaming of amazing places and things, is part of who we are.
So, I ask: what does Christianity offer in the realm of wonder? Where is there a place for imagination within the Christian faith?
The first thought that came to mind was:
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen (Eph 3:20-21).
One opportunity for us to exercise our imagination is to move us to worship. The only way we can rightly grasp the greatness of God is to let our imaginations go, to become people of wonder, people of awe.
Then Joshua said to the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you” (Joshua 3:5).
Another chance for us to exercise our sense of wonder is to look with expectation at what God will do, and then to prepare ourselves for those things. Our wonder should move us to lives of holiness and righteousness, where we set ourselves apart to enjoy God blowing us away with His majesty.
Not everyone gets to see all of the wonders that God does. Surely, some things He displays for all people (Matt 5:45; Rom 1:19-20), but other acts of wonder He reserves for His children alone to fully experience and appreciate (Luke 10:23-24).
Wonder is a part of our lives, but we often try to fulfill our imagination solely through books, songs, and TV shows.
There is a place for wonder within the realm of faith. In fact, I would say that wonder is required. Exercising our sense of wonder will enable us to live in worship and expectation, honoring God rightly for who He is and the awesome things that He does.
TV is a vast wonderland?