Reading Sirach has given me an idea for a summer project.
How about if every day of the summer we do this: Pause to focus on one single item of our experience which shows the ineffably wonderful wisdom of God?
Could be: ‘Lord, how splendid that You designed our digestive systems to assimilate nutrients in such an efficient and yet delightful and dignified fashion!’
Or: ‘Lord, You keep the sun shining so I can go fishing in the evening!’
Or: ‘Listen to the music of the cicadas, the song of the living earth!’
Or: ‘Gosh, two minds separated by enormous distances of time and space can share the same mysteries, through the medium of a book—how awesome!’
Or: ‘Almighty Creator, You water our planet in such an elaborate manner that the pull of gravity produces waterfalls and other alluring spectacles which also offer a cool respite from the summer heat!’
Or: ‘God gives us all this, and baseball season, too? Come on!’
Every day of summer: Something. Anything. Could be really small, like: ‘Yes! There is such a thing as iced coffee!” Or big, like: ‘Because of the chemical system which God designed, fireworks are possible.’
One thing every day. A different one each day. All summer long.