January 19, 2015: We’ve Lost Our “Wonder” of God

~by Susi Pittman

We’ve lost our wonder of the Creator. The stars in the sky have been replaced by the twinkling smart phone covers and their luminescent screens.

The world is full of distractions, and none could be bigger than our consumption of everything “tech.” Like the Oracle of Delphi whose oracles arose in a frenzied state induced by vapors rising from a chasm in the rock, our modern technology has catapulted us into a virtual world frenzied in an infinite matrix of immediate gratification. There is no room nor time to deliberate God beyond our phantasmatical toys of endless gibberish which mankind so prides itself upon. We have lost the desire to “wonder” about God.

Technology benefits the world in so many ways, but, is so minuscule in the scheme of greatness. We are at a point where our relationship with the techno-world has moved beyond the scientific and practical to becoming more and more the world we choose to live in, to have relationships in and to accept as our daily bread of choice.

Yesterday, I took two scriptures from the Bible and made them my meditation for the day;

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. Rev. 22:13

In these two scriptures lies our destiny. We were brought into existence to be in this universe and will leave this universe by the same path. We and all the ethereal and beautiful elements of creation that are the filler in God’s beginning and end for this existence are wanted and loved by God.

God is the great I AM. He existed before existence. He has had at every moment, complete inventory of every single proton, aspect, nanosecond, hair, sand, comet, atom, stardust, person, animal, vegetable, mineral, fire, ice, water molecule, nuclei, particle, blood cell, genome, DNA, fungi, electronvolt…

He desired it all out of “love.” Love is the most powerful force in the universe and will ultimately succeed in perfecting this rather sullied existence.

Can you imagine a bigger thought than to know that you have been created just so you could be wanted and loved by God?

Yet for us there is only one God, the Father from whom are all things, and we unto him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and we through him. 1 Cor.8:6

Take a day, even just a half day and put down everything that connects you to a technological device and do one of the following (depending on where you live):

Move to a quiet space and focus on a beautiful landscape

Walk along the seashore

Take a hike in a state park

Sit by a warm fire and gaze out at the stars

Visit a botanical garden

Enjoy a long walk with your dog

Take a swim

Enjoy a trail ride with your horse

Sit on a park bench and feed the ducks

Contemplate the beauty of the moment. Open your heart and mind to the still small voice of the greatest power that ever Is. Allow yourself to embrace the wonder of God and what is about you and why He loves you so very much.

It will give you 1000X the peace and joy that just mere gratification could possibly encompass. Gratification for gratifications sake is self-indulgent and finite. The peace and joy that comes from drawing closer to God is infinite.

May you find yourself upon the footstool of the Creator on a regular basis.

Susi Pittman is founder of CatholicStewardsofCreation.com and Owner-President of Twin Oaks Publishing; she is author of Animals in Heaven? Catholics Want to Know!; an advocate for the Florida Catholic Conference; a member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Council of Women in Jacksonville, Florida; an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph, St. Augustine;a member of the Florida Publishers Association, Independent Book Publishers Association, the National Association of Professional Women, the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the United States and the National Audubon society.

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