Have you ever noticed how a certain scent or noise can trigger a memory?

For example, when I smell the aroma wafting across the yard from my neighbor’s grill, I think of my dad and his char-grilled chicken, and I get a little hungry, regardless of when I last ate.

When I hear Luther’s hymn “A Mighty Fortress”, I see my Uncle at his son’s funeral, standing tall and singing with heart and soul, and I tear up, reminding myself that though “the body they may kill, God’s truth abideth still”. [1]

When I dive into a pool of cool water, with that peculiar smell of chlorine mixed with sunscreen in the air, I think of my Aunt who taught me to swim and spent many a hot summer day poolside, her tote bag stocked with flip-flops, goggles, and fudge bars.

It is no accident that God placed man in an aesthetically pleasing world. He is a vastly intricate God who created us to taste, touch, see, smell, and hear all that He so wonderfully made, and to find pleasure in it! Our enjoyment should not lead to materialism, but rather point us upward in praise, causing us to rejoice in the God who admonishes us to “taste and see” that He is good!

As the old hymn says, “When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze;
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee, How great Thou art!” [2]

That’s why we can take joy in these earthly, tangible things as He designed for us to do, because it brings Him glory. We can savor that cup of hot tea. We can soak in the glorious sun and feel the sand between our toes. We can unashamedly love baseball. We can stop and smell the roses. We can watch the busy ants at our feet or the bird soaring through the sky and wonder at God’s infinite wisdom.

The words to a Getty hymn come to mind. It is one that was not initially one of my favorites, and in fact took some thinking before fully understanding the lyrics. I love what Kristyn shares behind the writing of “Don’t Let Me Lose My Wonder”:

“It’s easy to be forgetful or cease to wonder at all that God has done, and this song is a prayer for that not to happen. We do not pursue wonder as an end in itself, but as something that leads us to praise Him with full hearts.

“The song begins by looking at creation–the greatness of the changing of lights of days and nights, the intricate detail of a web shimmering with the morning dew and the complexity of a human mind making sense of all around it. Verse two looks a little closer at the wonder in people…

“The final verse, however, settles on one person–the Baby and His cry through the darkness. He is the one that finds us in our confusion, our despair, our crookedness. He lifts us from shaky ground and sets us on a rock where the coldness we once knew is swept away in the light of His grace. This is the greatest wonder of the world.” [3]

I’ve seen days melt into nights in circles of lights,
I’ve watched a spider spin a star between the window box flowers,
I’ve heard you laugh and cry in a single sigh,
And a story form within.

Don’t let me lose my wonder,
Don’t let me lose my wonder.

I saw her broken dreams inside but helping others fly,
I saw his eyes without a doubt though other lights faded out,
And though her calling roared, such graciousness poured
From the vision of her soul.

Don’t let me lose my wonder,
Don’t let me lose my wonder.

A baby cried through the dark beneath a jeweled spark,
I knew Your voice upon the hill and heard my lostness still,
I found my home in the light where wrong was made right
And You rose as the morning star.

Don’t let me lose my wonder,
Don’t let me lose my wonder. [4]

[1] Martin Luther, A Mighty Fortress is Our God
[2] Carl Boberg, How Great Thou Art
[3] Kristyn Getty, In Christ Alone Songbook, emphasis mine
[4] Keith & Kristyn Getty, Don’t Let Me Lose My Wonder

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