In the U.S. we are just about to celebrate our Independence Day on July 4th. It is customary to have parties, grill out, and watch fireworks. I remember being mesmerized by fireworks. It almost seemed like a perfect ending to a perfect day.
Being that fireworks were done late in the evening, invariably some fathers ended up carrying their little ones at the end of the long day.
These days I pass on the late-night fireworks. I have no little ones to share the wonder with, and I’m usually heading to bed about the time the show is happening. Somewhere along the way, I lost the sense of awe for the gratuitous celebration. My friends will confirm I haven’t lost my childishness; but that’s a different story.
In Matthew 18, Jesus reminds us that we must become like children to enter the kingdom. Honestly, I’ve stumbled over this passage several times, stymied by layers of the meaning behind His words. Each time I see a new layer, I think I’ve got it — only to realize at some future point there is more meaning in the words.
Reading God Calling this morning reminded me again: become like a child. Find the beauty, the wonder, the awe in (re-)discovering the treasures of God’s creation. From dragonflies to rainbows to penguins, from starlit nights to sun-drenched days, from bright-eyed mornings to sleepy-eyed bedtimes… the wonders are everywhere.
To trust without question, to approach without expectation, to love without conditions, to laugh uncontrollably, to stand awestruck: these are the childlike attributes I will choose to embrace again.
When was the last time you stood in awe? Or couldn’t wait to call your best friend to share an experience that amazed you? Or doubled over laughing?
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” George Bernard Shaw
“The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball.” Doug Larson
“To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent–that is to triumph over old age.” Thomas Bailey Aldrich
“I’m thanking You, God, from a full heart, I’m writing the book on Your wonders.
I’m whistling, laughing, and jumping for joy; I’m singing Your song, High God.” Psalm 9:1-2 (MSG)