A Renewed Sense of Wonder

By Corey Willms

My son caused me to remember some important things over the course of the last month.  He reminded me of the importance of being observant and having a sense of wonder.  I love just taking time to watch him.  Of course, I think that he is extremely cute.  He’s even cute when he is crying.  I love seeing him make different facial expressions.  I love seeing him learn new things.  Last week, I was amazed at his sense of wonder.  He is so curious about everything.  There are times when it is difficult to change him because he is constantly trying to roll over so that he can better reach for something, or get a better view of something that has piqued his interest.   I’ve even seen him get distracted by his own hand for minutes at a time, as he moves his little fingers.  It is just awesome to watch him explore and learn.  My parents were over a couple of weekends ago, and we spent some time singing praise songs together.  Little Kaj watched us for a while, and then joined in the best that he could too.  That was the first time that he has tried singing.

I am finding that his sense of wonder is contagious.  Sometimes when things get busy and I am distracted by all of the tasks that I need to complete, I lose sight of the fact that God has many things for me to be amazed by.  This past month, I have heard coyotes howl many times.  I have walked in the woods in the moonlight and seen several beautiful sunrises and sunsets.  I have enjoyed time with family members and I have had some great conversations with people.  All these things remind me that God is tremendously creative, powerful (He spoke all of creation into existence), and good to me.

I have found that in the last while, I am better able to be aware of God’s presence.  As a result of this, I have been more likely to think beyond myself and my own needs, and to care for the things that God cares about.  I have been better able to look for opportunities to treat others well because they matter to Him.  I have found that I am more compassionate in my prayers for other people.  I have also had a greater desire to spend time reading God’s Word and to spend time worshipping Him.  All this is because I have been a bit more focused on looking for evidence of God’s work.  While I have a long way to go, I hope that this focus continues in my life.

I owe my son gratitude for rekindling my sense of wonder and appreciation for what God has done and is doing.  I hope that you too have a renewed sense of God’s presence in your life, and that you are better able to see what He is doing and then join in and be a part of it.

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