What comes to mind when you think of the word Wonder? This is one of the things that we discussed during our chapel time today. When you explore some of the definitions of wonder, words like admiration, amazement, awe, and marvel stand out. This type of wonder is synonymous with God, who created our world and never ceases to amazes us.
In Psalm 19:1-4, we read that, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.”
According to this verse, God is literally speaking to us through His creation and going to the ends of the Earth proclaiming His greatness. If this does not generate a sense of awe and wonder, I’m not sure what will. While stars, mountains, oceans, rocks, and animals speak to God’s awesomeness, we know that God specifically created us to bring Him praise.
Another aspect of wonder is that it peaks curiosity, or leaves us puzzled or interested, leading us to ponder or think more deeply about things. The depth and grandeur of God and His creation should make us think and lead us to seek knowledge.
This was the case for Sir Isaac Newton, who recognized God’s greatness and started to wonder how this world was put together. During a period of time known as the Year of Wonders from 1665-1667, Isaac Newton spent almost 2 years in isolation during the time of the “Great Plague” in England. It was during this challenging period that Newton developed and understood theories about light (optics), the laws of motion and universal gravitation, and created Calculus.
During a similarly chaotic period of history where another pandemic is occurring, I wonder what God is doing behind the scenes and who he is revealing himself to in a deeper way. Perhaps, God is speaking to students in our school who will also make some great discoveries in the future.
Wonder is one of our character traits at Trinity and we want to continue to challenge ourselves to wonder, both at the awe of God’s greatness and in the sense of better understanding His world. We pray that this trait would be instrumental in the lives of our students and community.
J-D Lussier, Principal