I received a book several years ago authored by the now late husband of a high school friend of mine. Robert Hearin was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) on July 3, 2002. Robert traded his earthly struggle for the promise of his faith on January 3, 2007. For those years, Robert wrote a column in the local newspaper, The Cullman Times, recounting his memories growing up. Reprinted with permission from his wife, Marsha, is a portion of one column.
“Have you heard about the group of students who were asked to list what they thought were the “Seven Wonders of the World?” Though there are some disagreements, the following received the most votes: ‘Egypt’s Great Pyramids, Taj Mahal, Grand Canyon, Panama Canal, Empire State Building, St. Peter’s Basilica, and China’s Great Wall.’
While gathering the votes, the teacher noticed that one student had not finished her paper yet. So she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list. The girl replied, “Yes, a little. I couldn’t quite make up my mind because there were so many.” The teacher said, “Well, tell us what you have and maybe we can help.” The girl hesitated, then read, “I think the Seven Wonders of the World are: To See, To Hear, To Touch, To Taste, To Feel, To Laugh, and To Love.”
It often takes a child to remind us of the things we dismiss as simple and ordinary, helping us to realize that the things we take for granted are truly wondrous! With summer upon us, many of us are planning family vacations and get-a-ways to popular destinations. A pastor once said, "Church attendance is up and down in the summer months. Up to the mountains and down to the beach!" I don't begrudge anyone from taking time with the family or spending time alone to replenish and refresh themselves - we need to do self-care for our well being. But don't neglect making time for the real seven wonders of the world as listed by the girl in the newspaper article. If you really want to experience a wonder of this world, volunteer to help with our children's ministry through Project Feed, or with our youth ministry by volunteering to chaperone or feed our youth one night. Engage the gospel through the eyes and hearts of our younger disciples at Trinity.
These are the wonders worth experiencing!