A few weeks ago, I came across this quote…
“Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.” E.B. White
I knew I had to share it. It reminded me of one of the main reasons I chose to make a career out of working with children.
Children are FULL of wonder.
They notice everything and ask questions about anything. Have you ever spent time with a two-year-old? You’ll be asked “Why?” approximately 937 times. And it’s not because they’re trying to be difficult, they truly want a definitive answer. “Because I said so” will not be an adequate response. Trust me.
Children remind me to slow down, to notice, and to wonder. Wonder is defined as “a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable.” I have that feeling when I hold a baby in the nursery. Their curious eyes are full of wonder at the new world around them. I have that feeling when I take the time to play with a toddler. Their little minds are amazed by watching the same tower of blocks be built and demolished over and over again. I have that feeling when I talk with a preschooler. Their growing personalities are being molded and shaped by everything they experience.
Spending time with children honestly inspires me to spend more time with Jesus.
In Matthew 19:14 Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” In William Barclay’s commentary on the book of Matthew he says in reference to the children, “Jesus said of them that they were nearer God than anyone else there. The child’s simplicity is, indeed, closer to God than anything else. It is life’s tragedy that, as we grow older, we so often grow further from God rather than nearer to him.” (The Gospel of Matthew: Volume 2, pg. 212)
What a profound statement. And the truth behind it is frighteningly real. As adults, we are busy and distracted by the world. However, the wonder we possessed as children is still inside us. Unfortunately, we’ve gotten very good at ignoring it.
What can you go and do today that will reignite the wonder God placed inside of you? It could be as simple as spending some time in nature. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, hang out with a small child. Be intentional about being present in the moment with them, no matter how short. I guarantee they will say or do something that brings a smile to your face… and a feeling of wonder to your spirit.
Share in the comments a specific time when you experienced the wonder of God.