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If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. Matthew 6:22 (The Message)

When was the last time you were filled with wonder? I felt wonder and amazement when a beautiful bride suddenly appeared in the rocks and scrub at this trailhead in Lost Dutchman State Park! We were sitting in the parking lot in the car waiting for the more adventurous in our hiking party to return when suddenly this angel in white appeared from the parking lot. The last thing we expected to see on this desert hike was a young bride arriving to her wedding! She and her father had a precious moment taking selfies in the quiet and cherishing the last moments before her life would change forever. This brought joy to me as wonder filled my heart at witnessing this unexpected special moment.

Earlier when we were hiking, wonder filled me at the vast, unique beauty of the desert landscape set against the clear blue sky. We suddenly felt very small and one of our hiking companions commented that our problems felt at least temporarily smaller set against the wonder of God’s creation. This was a special time to take a break from “life” and be filled with wonder that gave us joy and peace. No matter what you are facing, take time to be filled with wonder. Allow everyday experiences to point you to God, like a beautiful sunrise or sunset, an unexpected kindness, or an angel in the desert. You never know how God might surprise you!

In wonder, Pastor Andrea