An Invitation to Wonder is an invitation to be awed by the world around us. It is a challenge to believe impossible, wonder-filled things. It’s also a blog about the paths of grace, truth and unbelief upon which I walk. I learn. I hurt. I rejoice. I share. It’s all grace.
What about the name?
The name was inspired by a quote from the book, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, and the movie, starring Johnny Depp.
“Alice laughed: ‘There’s no use trying,’ she said; ‘one can’t believe impossible things.'”
“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
To me, the gospel of Jesus Christ is the most impossible of wonders. The gospel declares the guilty, not guilty. It declares the unholy, holy, by grace through faith. The gospel is a story of a sovereign, all-powerful God humbling himself to become a man who suffered and died for the sin of ungrateful, rebellious humans. It’s a story of limitless grace and abounding love. It’s a paradigm that doesn’t fit the circumference of our understanding and logical belief.
It is an impossible thing—the kind that Alice said she couldn’t believe. But the Queen’s response is heartening, “Why sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” In the movie version of Alice in Wonderland, Alice too, learns to believe impossible things. Her new beliefs project her into a new dimension of courage and conquest.
Let’s face it, everyday we are expected to believe impossible things. (How can sound or pictures travel down a wire or be captured in rectangle? How can gravity keep us held to the earth, and yet we never feel upside down? How can God have such mercy?) Whether you are a creationist or a die-hard evolutionist, the existence of this glorious world and universe is impossible, and the question still remains, “Where did it all come from? Who was the prime mover?” Faith is required for both. You must believe some wonder-filled, impossible things.
So, you are invited, my friend, to travel into a world of wonder that’s completely filled with impossible things. I hope you enjoy the read.
…The Mad Hatter