serendipity - the making of lucky discoveries by chance
happenstance - a circumstance especially that is due to chance
coincidence - accidental occurrence
I like these words and the idea of things just happening, but to be honest, when it comes to finding small wonders in nature I really don't believe serendipity, happenstance or coincidence play any part in it. I feel that little things are put in my path each day by a loving God who wants me to enjoy His creation. He knows I'll be looking for wonders and He's never disappointed. I always find something.
God knows what each one of us needs each and every day. He know what will bring us joy and cause us to worship him.
Small wonders are not like the aurora borealis which you can't miss dancing in the sky. They are treasures that you must hunt for. Your eyes must constantly be looking or you'll miss them.
Let me give you a perfect example of finding wonders in my path. I was outside writing this post when I saw something of interest I wanted to take a picture of. I decided to quit writing and go in and get my camera. As I rounded the corner of the house and stepped up on the porch, this is what I saw. A little flower had fallen and landed in an acorn cap. How awesome is that!
I live for these moments! I anticipate seeing something special and when I do, I gasp, my heart skips a beat, and I smile.
Don't let the small wonders hide from you. Expect them. Search for them. Maybe it's not nature that brings you joy. It might be the touch of a child, the twinkle in the eyes of a father with dementia, or the sound of a giggle. In this hectic world we need the small things that bring us joy. I call them gifts from God.
"Worship him who made the heavens,
the earth, the sea and the springs of water."