NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD
While I was visiting my brother’s family the other day, I had the opportunity to spend time with my five nieces and nephews, who all happened to be home at the same time. They range in age from 8-18. The eldest, Molly, is home from college for the summer and is preparing to leave for her second year of school, which she will be doing in Ireland. I managed to sit her down and talk for a few minutes in between her running here and there doing errands and chatting with her friends on the computer. I was struck by how often she and her brothers and sisters would use the word “awesome” to describe anything that they may perceive as a little different from the ordinary or something that attracts their attention. The word has come to describe the commonplace rather than the things that “wow” us and “take our breath away” which it used to express.
We live in a world where it takes a lot more to truly inspire us and fill us with awe. Technology has presented us with some truly wonderful things. Computers have opened up a whole new world to us and present us with wonders that we could only imagine just a few short years ago. They have allowed truly wonderful advances in the areas of medicine, electronics and communications, to name just a few. I am a great fan of technology, being a bit of a computer geek myself. But as we see new advances we can easily become unsatisfied with them waiting for the “next level” to come out. We see this with home computers, video cameras, video games, movies, music, etc. For example, when a new movie comes out we are awed for a moment if it has wonderful technological effects, but we quickly pass it over to wait for the next movie, which we hope will have even bigger and better effects. It is harder and harder for us to be truly filled with awe when we are surrounded each day by a constant influx of technology.