"Wow, Superman socks!"
During our walk this morning, Frances and I stopped by a drugstore to pick up an item. While walking the aisles, I came upon a rack of socks. Not just ordinary socks, mind you. No, these were superhero socks, and most importantly, included Superman socks. To appreciate the story that follows, you have to know that I have been a Superman fan since my childhood in the early 1960s. I loved the comic books. I loved the old reruns of the 1950s TV show. I loved donning a bathroom towel as a cape and pretending to fly like the Man of Steel (don't worry, I don't do this anymore. It's literally been months since I took flight wearing one of our towels). Most of all, I loved the character Superman, no less for his virtue than for his amazing powers. I suppose, as the principle for which Superman lived affirms, I loved his stand for "Truth, Justice, and the American way!"
Of course, I had to buy socks. Not only were they Superman socks, but they perfectly match the shorts I wear when we walk in the summertime (yes, they are that color of blue). So I left the store with my new foot apparel in possession, and sat down on the curb to put them on. Perfect fit, of course, and if I do say so myself, I think they make a pretty good fashion accessory for my bony ankles and shins! (see accompanying photo).
Now, back to "Wow, Superman socks!" I didn't say that (although as soon as I saw them on the rack in the store, I thought it). No, a little boy uttered those words when we had to make another stop at a grocery store on the way home. The boy said this to his father upon looking down and seeing my footware. This led to my enthusiastic response, of course, and to my informing the lad and his dad that the drugstore sells all kinds of superhero hosiery (Batman, the Flash, the Green Hornet, and yes, for you Marvel comic book fans, they sell some of those inferior models also. Did I ever mention to you, by the way, that Superman could squash Spiderman like, well, like a bug?). The boys eyes grew bigger and bigger as I spoke, and I could tell by his father's smile that a visit to that drugstore would soon occur.
I loved the wonder in that little boy's face and voice. Indeed, I'm gladder to have bought the socks for his response than for any other reason (although, did I mention how good they look on my… oh yes, I did suggest that, didn't I?). The truth is, I love wonder. We were made for it, we were created to behold glories unimaginable, and to be thrilled, filled, and fulfilled by beholding the God whose "greatness is unsearchable" (Psalm 145:3). Consider the following superlatives declared by Scripture regarding our wondrous Lord:
"His understanding is infinite" (Psalm 147:5).
"Who is like unto Thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?!" (Exodus 15:11).
"The love of Christ, which passeth knowledge" (Ephesians 3:19).
"The unsearchable riches of Christ" (Ephesians 3:8).
"O the depths both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!" (Romans 11:33).
Born again believers in the Lord Jesus will experience an eternity of wonder. The glory begins now for all who believe that our God is already presently and actively involved in our lives to the degree that we are in Christ and Christ is in us (Colossians 1:27; I Corinthians 1:30). Many "Wow!" moments present themselves to our hearts and minds as we live in confident expectation. We don't attempt to manufacture or produce them. Our Heavenly Father is more than capable of doing that. We simply acknowledge the Bible's declaration of the Wondrous God, who does wonders. Most will present themselves in quiet and small matters that we may miss if we fail to live in anticipation. Some may be huge, and nearly impossible to overlook. Whatever the mode or the measure, we do well to expect the "Wow!" of life lived in the glory of God. A pair of socks and a little boy united to remind me of such blessed Truth today, and to provide another wonder of our Lord's involvement to experience and to share with you. "Wow!"
"Thou art the God that doest wonders."
Weekly Memory Verse
All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made.