Only slightly mad!
An Invitation to Wonder is a blog about the wonder and awe in the world around us. It is an invitation to believe impossible things. To stare into the face of a blooming rose, or hear the first sound of birds chirping in the morning and simply admire them for their beauty. It is an invitation to pay attention to the ineffable and not eff it—just be in awe of it. It is a summons to curiosity: to examine the size of the galaxies and universe without feeling a need to scientifically figure out how they all got there. It is also an enticement to be curious about elements of Christian faith without the determination to be cynical about them and without insisting that they be placed in some sort of damnable formula. Please, come and see the unexpected, the unfamiliar, and the inexplicable. Be curious, and marvel.
What about the name?
The name was inspired by a quote from the book and movie, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
“Alice laughed: “There’s no use trying,” she said; “one can’t believe impossible things.”
“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
I wanted to name the blog Six Impossible Things to Believe Before Breakfast, but that was already taken. Besides, I think I like this better. Still, the inspiration is there.
So much of the Christian faith requires, well, faith. We are dealing with an unseen world. Jesus is a historical fact, but the things he did and still does, well, those things are amazing and impossible to understand, though we try. You can’t fully comprehend the incomprehensible. It’s like going wading in the ocean: you experience the ocean, but you don’t EXPERIENCE the OCEAN. You see in part. But, even so, you can be in awe of what you do see and imagine what you don’t, and actually believe that deep sea creatures of unknown ilk live and play beneath the dark waves. I know. I believe impossible things, and I’m not completely crazy. Maybe a little, but not completely.
Let’s face it, everyday we are expected to believe impossible things. Whether you are a Christian creationist or a die-hard evolutionist, the existence of this glorious world and universe is impossible, and the question still remains, “Where did it all come from? Who was the prime mover?” Faith is required for both.
So, come to the Mad-Hatter’s tea party and drink from the broken teacups. Taste a bite of the cake and grow in awe. Then, sip the tea and shrink in humility before the greatness and glory of God and the world around you. You are invited to a world of wonder.
…The Mad Hatter