Monday, July 20, 2009

The Seven Wonders of the World

The other day in my email I received a sweet, thought-provoking slideshow. I won't post the slideshow here, simply because I'm not sure how to get it, but I will tell you the story that was on the slideshow.

One day, a teacher asked her class to make a list of what they thought should be the seven wonders of the world. There was some debate but overall these are the seven things that received the most votes:

Egypts great pyramids
Taj mahal
Grand Canyon
Panama Canal
Empire State Building
St. Peters Basilica
Chinas Great Wall

The teacher gathered up the votes of the students, but noticed that one girl hadn't finished her paper yet. She asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list. The girl replied, "Yes, a little. I couldn't quite make up my mind because there were so many." The teacher said, "Well, show us your list, maybe we can help."
After some hesitation, the girl picked up her list and began to read, "I think the Seven Wonders of the World are:

To see.
To hear.
To touch.
To feel.
To laugh.
And to love.*
The room was dead silent. You could have heard a pin drop.

I loved the message this little slideshow had to offer. Through the constant motion of life and of living, we often forget to look at the little things that are miracles in their own right. Consider a flower, just starting to bloom, or a brand new baby, seeing the world for the first time. What about the miracle of rain, replenishing the earth, or the joy of a new mother, connecting with her child? Every day we are surrounded by hundreds, thousands of miracles! The beauty of this earth is that if we just stop and take a moment to focus on it, we'll see the wonders of the Lord everywhere we turn.

The slideshow ended with this message, which I wanted to share.
"A gentle reminder: The most precious things in life cannot be built by hand or bought by man.
The greatest wonder of all is... God's amazing love for mankind in sending his only son Jesus to set us free and give us everlasting life."
We are surrounded by miracles daily, but this truly is the greatest miracle and the one we forget about most often.


*There are only six wonders here. The slideshow skipped from three to five, so I didn't get the seventh wonder in the slideshow.

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