Curiosity about the Divine draws us in the marvels of God’s creation

       Heading back to work from home during lunch today, I noticed two police cars, nose-to-nose, sitting in front of a neighbor’s house. The couple are both elderly and neighbors try to keep an eye on them without being obtrusive.

       It crossed my mind to worry about the police presence as I drove on by. Reaching the stop sign, I gave myself a mental smack up the side of my head, turned around and went back. I was concerned about my neighbors, but I also admit I was curious as to what was happening.

       Not to worry; all was well. The officers had just stopped to talk. Nothing was wrong. Doing another turn-around, I headed back to the office. However, for some reason, the subject of being “curious” stuck in my mind.

       Curiosity – a gift of the mind. So much of who we are, and what our bodies are engineered to do, we take for granted. That is the pure genius of our God. I’m not certain, but I would venture that the opposite of curiosity might be indifference – defined as the lack of interest in or concern about something, according to Merriam-Webster.

       When was the last time we stopped to reflect on the true wonder of creation? What did we do to deserve this indescribably marvelous gift from God? Consider how creation was not an event of the past that happened once and for all but rather continues to unfold before our very eyes. Creation is part of how God continues to reveal God’s self to us.

       In Romans 8:19, St. Paul writes: “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us. For creation awaits with eager expectation the revelation of the children of God; for creation was made subject to futility, not of its own accord but because of the one who subjected it, in hope that creation itself would be set free from slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now…”

       We aren’t an accident; we all are marvels of creation, made in the image of our God. When is the last time we were curious about anything in creation? When was the last time we were curious about being curious? We have to believe God laughed in delight on the day we were made.

       When was the last time we seriously considered our responsibility to take care of, not only ourselves, but others, creatures of the earth and the earth itself?

       All of who and what we are - what makes us tick – are gifts from our creator; gifts we are called to nurture, develop and use for the betterment of all. God must certainly want us to explore and ponder - to be curious about all manner of that which is in and around us. When we do that through the lens of faith, it becomes mystical and magical. When we stop being curious, we become indifferent. We stop praising God and lose the wonderment.

       Listen to Psalm 139:5,6,14:

       “Behind and before you encircle me and rest your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, far too lofty for me to reach. I praise you, because I am wonderfully made; wonderful are your works! My very self you know.”

 

       Debbie Bosak is the editor and general manager of Northwest Indiana Catholic Publications and a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Merrillville. Email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.