The demands of life can easily overwhelm us. The sense that life is moving too fast is a common feeling. For me it seems especially more common as I get older.
There are days when I’m constantly busy at something from the time that I get up until I go to bed. On those days I especially feel that life is moving too fast.
Scientists have discovered an emotion that gives us the sense that time is slowing down, even stopping.
That emotion is awe.
Why You Need the Amazing Power of Awe
There are two pieces to awe:
- An impression of vastness. This is the feeling you might get listening to an orchestra, looking up at the stars in the sky on a clear night, tasting a ripe apple picked fresh off the tree, or when encountering a new perspective on God.
An expansion or change in your perception of the universe and where you fit in it. This where we take that impression of vastness and say, “Wow!”
Together these two pieces produce the emotion we call awe.
God must have had this in mind when He set aside the seventh day of his creation week as a day of rest.
Adam and Eve were able to start their lives off with a feeling of awe as they looked back over that first week in earth’s history at what God had created by the words of His mouth. And while they would get busy tending the garden paradise on the other six days of the week, each Sabbath would be a day to pause and experience awe, and have the sense that–at least for a day–time was slowing down.
There are three other awesome benefits of awe that scientists have discovered:
- Awe increases patience
- Awe decreases materialism
- Awe increases helpfulness
How to Get More Awe
I’ve discovered that when I allow myself to get wrapped up in busyness, I seldom experience awe. Here are just a few practical ways I add more awe to my life. Some of these I need to do more often:
- Enjoy God’s gift of the Sabbath as a day to pause and reflect on the beauty of His creation and the wonder of His saving grace.
Singing and listening to hymns and spiritual songs that tell of God’s love.
Reading Bible stories that reveal God’s continual pursuit of humanity to keep us from destroying ourselves.
Watching documentaries that explore the natural world.
Taking a walk in a forest or visiting a zoo to watch animals.
Spotting rainbows between rain showers.
Standing at the edge of the ocean and watching the waves, or on the peak of a mountain and seeing for
What do you or will you do to experience more awe? Share with a comment below.