The Seven Wonders of the World

This week I would like to explore 7 wonders of the world.

The first one is "see."

To be able to "see."

 Oh, yes, I've seen some awesome things in my lifetime.

 --The birth of a baby-just watched my 4th two months ago--

 --The Eiffel Tower--

 --The stamens of a soft, dewy flower--

 --the gorgeous beaches of Rio de Janeiro and Corcovado Mountain, Christ the Redeemer Statue and Sugar Loaf Mountain--

--the eyes of a small nephew as he gazed upon his first jack-o-lantern--

 --the Aleutian Islands seen from five miles up--

 --a laughing brook with the one I loved beside me--

 --the Tower of London--

--the towering skyscrapers of Hong Kong--

--the smile of a mother who was a saint--

--the white sands of Florida, the unbelievable Royal Gorge of Colorado--

--Disneyland and the Crystal Cathedral--

--Multnomah Falls and the rugged coasts of Oregon,

--the eyes of my husband on our wedding day--

--the flickering of the fireflies on a warm, humid southern night--

--the Golden Gate Bridge--

--the cornfields of Ohio and Iowa--

--the eyes of a student when they finally "get it"--

--the Smoky and Blue Ridge mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina--

--the eyes of a drug addict when he's gone from hopeless to hope-filled in a matter of moments--

--the hospitality of Mississippi and St. Charles Blvd in New Orleans,

--the perfect mud pies made playing in my grandmother's yard--

--the Alamo, Cowboys Stadium and the blue bonnets of Texas--

--the plains of Oklahoma, the deserts of New Mexico--

--the Great Salt Lake of Utah seen from five miles high--

--Westminster Abbey, Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur Basilica, Piccadilly Circus and Stonehenge--

--the White Cliffs of Dover and the English Channel--

--the Petrified Forest, the Painted Desert and the haunting beauty of the Camelback Mountains of Arizona--

--the pot-bellied stove, the slatted pews, the crown-braided woman playing the tambourines in the little country church on pastel-hued spring days--

--Washington D.C.--

--the Naval Academy--

--the Air Force Academy--

--the 26 miles across the sea to Santa Catalina Island, the St. Louis and San Diego Zoo--

--the child, the grandchild who is flesh of my flesh, bone of my bone though it's hard to understand--

--the green pastures of Kentucky, the Nittany Mountains of Pennsylvania--

--my grandmother's cellar filled with glistening jars full of the labors of her farming, harvesting, canning--

--the quaint beauty of the mountains and people of south China--and riding a jet boat over the South China Sea--

--the Louvre, Venus de Milo and the Mona Lisa--

Yes, I have been privileged to "see" many things in my lifetime, but none of them,


with what I've seen in Jesus.

In Him I have seen

--a tiny babe for whom the stars stood still--

--a man who walked on water--

--One who made demons flee at his command--

--One who spoke a word "peace" and the winds and the waves obeyed Him--

--One who let a former prostitute wash His feet--

--One who dined with the down and out, the societal outcasts, the lepers, gossips, and murderers--

--The train of His robe that filled the temple--

--One who has the appearance of jasper and rubies--

--One whose throne is encircled by a rainbow that shines like an emerald--

--One whose foundation is built on righteousness and justice--

Oh my friend--we have seen a great light.

I am so glad I do not need human eyes to "SEE" this glorious light.

Yes, one of the seven wonders of the world is to "see."

To see Him.

With. Spiritual. Eyes.

The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned."  Matthew 4:16

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