awe [aw] noun, verb, awed, aw·ing.
1. an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, fear, etc., produced by that which is grand, sublime, extremely powerful, or the like: in awe of God; in awe of great political figures.
2. Archaic. power to inspire fear or reverence.
3. Obsolete . fear or dread.
verb (used with object)
4. to inspire with awe.
5. to influence or restrain by awe.
Are you easily awed?
Such a strange little word that holds so much emotion. Awe. When I look at the definition reverence stands out. I admire people regularly. But to stand in awe, that takes a bit more from the people I’m admiring.
Last night I caught the last hour of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and realized J.K. Rowling’s imagination instills awe in me. When I think of the world, characters, story and multiple plots she created all with an arc that ties multiple books together, I think it’s incredible. An awesome achievement.
After the movie ended, I switched over to The Military Channel and began watching In the Shadow of the Moon and my awe increased tenfold. The courage, intelligence, honor and adventurous spirit the astronauts of the 60s and 70s showed can only be called awesome. Putting humans on the moon can in no way be called a small feat.
There are other things that awe me:
- Soldiers. The military men and women who put themselves in harm’s way for their country deserve respect. Their skills, heart, bravery and selflessness awe me.
- Scientists. The advancements in all fields of science are remarkable. I can’t wrap my mind around how they discover things; it takes something I definitely do not possess. Medical breakthroughs, cutting edge technologies, discoveries in every field amaze me. Just look at the photos from the Hubble Telescope and Chandra X-ray; they bring the vastness of the universe closer to us. Awesome.
- Egyptologists. There was a time when ancient Egypt was nothing more than a time period. With patience, skill and growing expertise an expanding community of archaeologists are revealing secrets of this long extinct civilization. From deciphering the Rosetta Stone to discovering KV-5 their achievements awe me.
There is so much in our world that is ugly. So many things that leave one feeling discouraged. When something strikes me with awe I thank God. Without these people, places and achievements of skill and wonder this life would be less. Simply less.