Guest Post: “Ponder” by Dr. Mark Goodman


While attending a recent writer’s conference, I met Pastor Mark and asked if he would like to be a guest on my site. I enjoy his writing, which invites us to return to the solid foundations of a simple faith in God.

“The Thinker” by Auguste Rodin, 1902, Paris, France

You live, therefore you think.

Do you ponder?

There is a difference.

Moms and Dads, perhaps the little people in your home make pondering a challenge, or the gusts of your work demands blow off your thinking caps.  Perhaps the demands you allow in your life apply too much brain pain.  If so, you are in a prime time to hear and receive God’s invitation to think as He intends so that pondering is a blessing rather than a burden.

Come away now and ponder a while.

King David leads the way.

Psalm 8:1-4 (The Message)

God, brilliant Lord, yours is a household name.

Nursing infants gurgle choruses about you;
toddlers shout the songs
That drown out enemy talk,
and silence atheist babble.

I look up at your macro-skies, dark and enormous,
your handmade sky-jewelry,
Moon and stars mounted in their settings.
Then I look at my micro-self and wonder,
Why do you bother with us?
Why take a second look our way?

For the seeker and/or uncertain, pondering begins with the question, “Is there a God?”  For the person of faith, pondering starts with awe and wonder.  David invites us into his experience by revealing  where his sense of awe and wonder originate.  He tells us in a mere two words repeated: “I look.”

David dedicated time for “taking in”.  On a moonlit night, for he does not mention the sun, the shepherd-turned-king delights in the joy of creation.  While on his rooftop or in a lush field of green, David opens the eyes of his mind to God-signs stored in his thoughts and his physical eyes to the beauty of the earth and heavens.  He hears and/or sees . . .

  • Gurgling infants’ choruses.
  • Toddlers’ shouts. (Yes, even these can bring joy.)
  • The silence of the faithless.
  • Endless expanse of the heavens decorated with beautiful diamonds.
  • The magnificent lights of night (long before numbing neon).

As the bookends to his song (Psalm 8), David addresses his Creator as “YHWH Adonai”, here translated “God, brilliant Lord.”  Pondering as God intends always comes full-circle.  In your thinking, you begin with a focus on God’s glory and there you arrive at the end.

Take time to ponder today, tomorrow and in each day to come.

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