A Sense of Wonder

"Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me."  - Jesus (Matthew 18:3-5)

I am posting this on December 2nd, my 30th birthday.  And so I have been thinking about age lately.  The number reeks of adulthood and the countless expectations that I do not quite live up too.   Yet I am not stressed or depressed about entering my fourth decade, and I don't feel any older.  With lots of thought on my age, where I am and where I should be in my life, I have come to a happy revelation – I have something that many adults have lost.

Jesus teaches us to become like children, to be humble and innocent.  But there is much more to delighting in God, and Him delighting in you, than just humility and innocence...  There is another quality that children have, that most will quickly outgrow.  The quality of childlike wonder.

I have never ceased to be amazed by the color of the autumn leaves, the first snowfall, or the intensity of a bank of fog.  I am filled with a sense of wonder at the smell of cinnamon and clove, at the sound of a song played on a piano, or when a billion stars fill the sky.  I will always notice when the moon is full, and I will smile.  A thunderstorm, with its grand flashes of lightning, will captivate me for hours.  And all those little things that God does for me will send a tingle up my spine every time.

It is true I have not quite grown up, and no, I never will.  I have this sense of wonder because I refuse to grow out of it.  I am a child always, and this will forever be my connection to the Lord.  I am a child always – I am a child of God.


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