Dear Sabbath Seekers,
My two-year old grandson delights in discovery. Everything fascinates him, sparks his curiosity and attracts his attention. With each new encounter he lets us know how he feels with a gasp, an ohhh or a giggle. He puts his little face as close as he can get it to check out a flower or a hinge. He claps when the music stops no matter where he is – home, car or in a store. He squeals with delight when he sees his sister, mom, dad or Nana and Papa. Giving his dog hugs and kisses is a favorite pasttime. Seeing a camera brings a squinched up “cheese” and reviewing pictures keeps him entertained.
Watching him so present to all that is going on around him is a privilege and he reminds me that the world is full of wonders that I take for granted or feel I am too sophisticated to ohhh and ahh, gasp or giggle over. Maybe that is why Jesus said that unless we become like little children we will never see the Kingdom of Heaven. Heavenly images are all around us. Delights, wonders and miracles fill our days. But without the eyes of a child I only see what my jaded, cynical and wounded eyes want to see. Sabbath was meant to be a day of wonder, gasps and giggles. Wonder at the story of God and God’s people. Gasps at the faithfulness of God to save and guide God’s people. And giggles of joy that we are blessed by knowing this.
What would happen if you looked at the world this week through the eyes of a two-year old? What would you see that you have missed? How would your attitude change? Where would you find the wonders in your life? When would you gasp in delight? How often would you break out in giggles?
Join me this week in doing just that. I am pretty sure that God will delight with us and that our impact on those around us will increase a thousand fold.
“But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love our name may rejoice in you.” Psalm 5.11