McKenley meets a toad for the first time! Notice her skinned up knees and shiny shoes!
She marvels at the sound of airplanes in the sky and loves to now point them out each time she hears one. She has discovered ants and loves to follow them with her little chubby, unstable fingers. The feeling of warm patio bricks on her bare feet frightens her now as she ventures outside and has to first touch the bricks with her hands to confirm whether or not they are "hot." Every bird that chips is noticed with a smile and a "tweet tweet." I love those moments. Sadly, sometimes, I am too distracted to notice.
I've caught myself a few times so preoccupied that I don't allow myself to experience the wonder along with her.
This past weekend I've experienced some health issues that have forced me to slow down and do very little....definitely not my style. As I feel I've fallen further and further behind in my work (VBS is 31 days away at a brand new ministry position that began just LAST WEEK...yikes) as a result of this health issue and bed rest, I was tempted to check email on my phone as I walked outside with her. I sat on the patio with her and was reminded, once again, that she marvels at the creation of God. How often do I?
I am so preoccupied that my kids don't see my marveling at the creation of God.
I began to think, when was the last time my kids saw me truly marvel at one of the many mysteries around me that have been gifted by my Heavenly Father? I
I don't want to miss a moment of their wonder. I don't want them to lose that sense of wonder. It's truly beautiful to see it through their eyes.
I pray today that God allows me to slow down enough for me to spot the wonder that He's revealing to me. I want to be a living example to my kids of what it means to wonder. May they never lose that sense of wonder that is all around us.
How about you? What memory do you have of your kids marveling at part of God's creation? Are you good at slowing down so they see you marveling?