She has bullet-proof bracelets and a tiara that can be used as a weapon. She is endowed with super strength, lightning speed, great wisdom and fierce courage. She is a woman of beauty who never ages. She carries a shield and a sword that can deflect any dangers and battle against evil. Her golden lasso can be wrapped around people and used to reveal the truth. This Diana, this “goddess of truth”, sounds like quite a Wonder Woman.
I used to love to watch the TV series during the 70s when I was around the ages of 8-12. I looked forward to seeing what evil Wonder Woman (Linda Carter) would defeat each week. She faced danger and opposition with courage and strength. She wore a pretty awesome outfit with amazing accessories. She fought against the “bad guys” and helped the “good guys.” Good would always prevail and she would consistently win in the end.
As much as I’d wished I could be Wonder Woman, I knew she wasn’t real. But, I’d like to think about being a Wonder Woman in a different way today…and one that can be real.
WONDER is defined as “A feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable” or “To be amazed, be astonished, to stand in awe”
I want to be a Wonder Woman, one who “stands in awe” and notices the awe–mazing gifts all around me. I want to live a life of gratitude and thank God daily for the gifts of His creation, His goodness, and His love.
There are miraculous things happening around me every day. Do I notice them, marvel at them? The fact that I am breathing, my heart is pumping 60+ beats per minute, my eyes can see colors, my mind can think of something to write and instantly communicate with my nerves, tendons, and muscles to type these words…all are awe-some things! The vast array of colorful flowers and birds, the way an airplane weighing over 300 tons can fly (I’ll still never understand how that is possible!), the issue of our earth being the perfect distance from the sun and gravity working the way it does, the micro-details of the tiniest cells, the unique beauty of every sunset, and the expanse of the universe…all are awe-mazing.
On August 21, 2017, I got to watch the solar eclipse of the sun in my neighbor’s front yard! I had many friends that traveled to where they would see it completely. I had heard that near Atlanta, the sun would be covered about 98% (not sure that was true but I thought 98% coverage would be enough to experience a temporary darkness). It was fun to gather together with neighbors, share solar eclipse glasses, eat banana bread and grapes…while above us a rare event was happening in outer space that won’t happen in the United States in a similar NW-SE path until 2045. The eclipse glasses sure helped to see the moon as it crossed in front of the sun. I was so grateful to have them and was delighted every time I looked up into the sky! During the 2 minutes and 43 seconds at the height of the eclipse, the sky darkened slightly, similar to dusk. We saw crescent moon shapes on the ground, as the light travelled between the tree leaves. The crickets and locusts started to sing. In hindsight, I’d wished I’d travelled 2 hours north to see 100% coverage. But regardless, it was a very cool natural event and another example of something awe-some.
Another thing that happened on that same day was my sister’s birthday. She excitedly told me that in the afternoon, a short thunderstorm happened and it even hailed. My Dad was visiting her to celebrate her special day. At the end of that short pop-up storm, a double rainbow appeared! If you read my previous post, you heard about the most brilliant rainbow that appeared in the sky over us as we were celebrating my Dad’s birthday. It was a beautiful gift from God and we felt very near to Mom during those moments. What a blessing and gift that God sent another rainbow on my sister’s birthday! I can’t explain it…but I thank God for it.
Mingling within all these good gifts, there are the every day challenges, the daily struggles, the broken things and the hurting people around us. It takes courage to keep counting the blessings, to continue thanking Him for His goodness, to notice the beauty, to cling to the promises of His faithful care.
But, I want to
keep noticing ,
Him for the gifts…and in doing so, I can be a Wonder Woman…a woman who gains strength from being grateful, from counting the wonder-full things, from seeing the goodness that is always present in my everyday moments.
Lamentations 3:21-23 says, “Yet this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”
Psalm 139:14 says, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonder-fully made; Your works are WONDER-FULL. I know that full well.”
Psalm 40:5 says, “Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with You; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.”
So, today I choose to be a Wonder Woman, a woman who looks for the wonderful works of God and who thanks Him for them.
Hillsong United has a new album out called, “Wonder.” May you be blessed and encouraged as you listen to it this day.