The other day, I ran into a Windows networking tech helping a flustered Windows user at our nearby Panera Bread. I wowed him by showing my Windows programs running seamlessly on my Mac desktop. He was so impressed he told me that if he had not just bought a Windows laptop that the MacBook would be his computer.
Okay, so I’m a better computer evangelist than gospel evangelist. That much I’ve known for a long time. (The guy he was helping did visit church last Sunday. That was a plus.)
But this led me to solidify an observation I was forming in my mind. For me, the computer, and certain technologies associated with it, contain a definite ‘wow’ factor. I love the feeling of seeing something new work. I am moved with wonder by human ingenuity and creativity.
There is nothing wrong with that. To stand in front of the Mona Lisa or the Brooklyn Bridge and not breathlessly utter a ‘wow’ is to not be responding properly. But do I reserve the ‘wow’ response solely for technology and the like? Do I have the same deep sense of wonder for the things of God?
Should not my reflection on the Gospel constantly stir my heart and mind to utter a breathless ‘wow’? It should.
Am I more thrilled with the accomplishments of Steve Jobs than those of Jesus Christ? Sometimes I think I do have things mixed up, and I need to repent.
No doubt, we are to experience wonder. We are programmed to respond with a ‘wow’ to amazing things. We are created to respond with wonder. I just want to make sure my sense of wonder rests upon the right and proper and worthy things.