I try to learn something new every day. One reason is I hear it keeps your brain young. It is extremely encouraging to know some part of me can actually stay young.
However, the most important reason I like learning something new each day is it keeps me aware of God’s WOWS.
The past few years I have been teaching seminars on God’s WOWS. My original intent was to find a new WOW each Sunday for our Kid’s Ministry at church.
My grandson says his favorite thing in the entire world is “screen time.” I hope to change this. Today’s kids are in awe of video games, computers of any kind, cell phones, superheroes, athletes, musicians, movie stars and on and on. Very few kids are in awe of God.
I’m on a quest to excite kids about God and His incomparable creation. Let me give you a few examples of God’s genius, and see if they prompt you to say, “WOW.”
Did you know a Flea– can jump 220 times its own length and 150 times its own height? That’s the equivalent to a human jumping over the Brooklyn Bridge and as high as two Statues of Liberty.
And fleas can have 5,000 babies in a year. WOW!
A snail can have 1,000 to 14,000 teeth.
(I literally laugh aloud picturing the scientist whose job it was to count the teeth of a snail. I bet he said, “WOW!”)
Find a book on bugs, read it with your kids, saying “WOW! God makes amazing things.”
A rainbow is an optical and meteorological phenomenon. They are caused by reflection, refraction and exact dispersion of light in water droplets resulting in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky. Rainbows caused by sunlight always appear in the section of sky directly opposite the sun. Rainbows are full circles. Pilots see them as such, when they are flying; but, the average observer sees only an arc above the ground. WOW!
The classical Greek scholar, Aristotle (384–322 BC), thought he was first to say, “WOW” about rainbows, and devoted serious study of them. He should have read Genesis 9:12-16.
God told Noah, “I am putting my rainbow in the clouds, a sign of the covenant between me and the Earth. From now on, when I form a cloud over the Earth and the rainbow appears in the cloud, I’ll remember my covenant between me and you and everything living, that never again will floodwaters destroy all life. When the rainbow appears in the cloud, I’ll see it and remember the eternal covenant between God and everything living, every last living creature on Earth.” WOW!