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Randy Brown

I heard about a group of Geography students who studied the Seven Wonders of the World. At the end of the study, the teacher for a review asked the student to list these Seven Wonders. Some students did not agree, but some of them had these answers in common: Egypt's Great Pyramid, the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon, the Empire State Building, St. Peter's Basilica, and China's Great Wall. The teacher became concerned with one quiet little girl who had not completed her list.

The teacher asked the little girl if she was having trouble with her list. The little girl replied, "Yes, a little. There are so many that I am having trouble narrowing it down to seven." The teacher replied, "Well, tell me what you have so far and let me see if I can help you." The little girl began to give her list, "I think the Seven Wonders Of The World are: to touch, to taste, to see, to hear..." She hesitated a little and then replied, "and then to run, and to laugh, and to love."

It is so easy for us to become enamored with what we consider the great works of mankind. We get so hung up on the achievements of mankind that we take for granted the amazing creation of God and cause it to seem "ordinary". Maybe we need to simply slow down and take a good hard look at the real important things in life. We need to spend some time contemplating the role God plays in all of what surrounds us on a daily basis.

The bible tells us that God created everything that we see, Genesis 1: 1, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." We need to take time to contemplate that God is our Creator. Everything that surrounds us, even the remarkable achievements of mankind, is a direct result of God's creation. Paul reminds us that this creation screams to us every day the Deity of God, Romans 1: 20, "For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse."

Being able to see the Deity of God in His creation, we are without excuse in recognizing that everything that is a "wonder" to us is really a gift from God, James 1: 17, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning." This recognition of God's Deity should move us to use our lives to honor and to glorify the one that created us. We should see God as the Psalmist does in Psalms 77: 11 - 14, "I will remember the works of the Lord; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old. I will also meditate on all Your work, And talk of Your deeds. Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary; Who is so great a God as our God? You are the God who does wonders; You have declared Your strength among the peoples." If we see God in this light, it will cause us to want to draw near to Him, and to try and imitate Him in our lives.

Randy Brown is the pastor of Portland Church of Christ

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