Wonders to Remember

Many, O Lord, my God, are the wonders you have done.
Psalm 40:5

Abby surveyed her house and shuddered. Toys were strewn across the floor; dishes were stacked high in the sink and on the kitchen counter; piles of laundry were everywhere. She sighed and asked herself, Why exactly did I decide to be a mother?

Suddenly her three-year-old, Kyle, dashed in from the backyard and grabbed her hand. “Mama, come see! Come see!” Obediently, Abby stumbled after her excited son. They reached a brick walkway, where Kyle proudly pointed to a green and yellow caterpillar. Together, mother and son squatted down for a closer look. Abby marveled at the caterpillar’s fine black stripes and wiggly antennae. She turned to let the sun’s rays bathe her shoulders in warmth and spotted the delicate strands of an intricate spiderweb still under construction in her camellia bush. She pointed out the web to her son. “Wow,” he whispered. Side by side they watched the spider complete the beautiful design. Thank You, God, Abby breathed. Now I remember why.

It’s easy to let the burden of parenthood steal our appreciation for God’s amazing creation. Yet Scripture says that “He has caused his wonders to be remembered” (Psalm 111:4). We will remember—and discover a more spiritual perspective on the mundane side of life—if we only take the time to look. Sometimes our kids will be the ones to lead us there.

Before you say good night…

  • How often do you and your family stop to admire God’s creation?
  • How does it change your perspective—and that of your kids—when you do?

Awesome God, we can barely comprehend the splendors You have created for our enjoyment. Thank You for incredible blessings and for the ability to appreciate them. Let our family always remember Your amazing wonders. Amen.

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This devotional is taken from Night Light for Parents. Copyright © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. All rights reservedUsed with permission.