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Wide-Eyed Wonder!

Wide-Eyed Wonder!

11 January 2012

Reading: Genesis 27-28; Psalm 4; Luke 11

Scripture:

Your eye is a lamp, lighting up your whole body. If you live wide-eyed in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. (Luke 11:34 The Message)

Sometimes I wish I didn’t know so much. I’ve been a Christ-follower for a long time now, and I know more than I want to know about people and organization and life. I don’t mean that in a cynical way, only that when I spend time with my four-and-a-half year old grandsons Jesse and Jude, and my two-and-a-half year old grandson Zane and see them wide-eyed with wonder over something, it makes a little longing in my heart. They simply experience it. They don’t think, “Oh yeah, I know how that works,” or, “That’s just a trick. It’s not real!” Being with my grandsons makes me think, “How can I get back the simple child-like wonder I once had?”

I still get excited over a red-gold sunrise, over the beauty of the high desert, over the simple pleasure of sitting by a campfire or walking with my dog Buddy in the forest. I still rejoice with the angels over someone’s excited story of new-found forgiveness and faith in Jesus! I still anticipate the sense of God’s presence in a congregational worship service. I still believe a kind word can warm a cold heart and that a simple act of kindness can make a difference in an unkind world.

I want to live my life wide-eyed in wonder! I believe that simple, child-like faith is possible even for someone who has been around as long as I have! Faith is a choice and simplicity is also, to a large degree, a simple choice.

Friends, let’s choose to open our eyes as wide as the eyes of a child on her first visit to the zoo! Let’s choose to wonder once again at the creativity and imagination of our God! Let’s choose to see God’s gracious hand in the micro and the macro! Let’s choose to live Wide-Eyed in Wonder!

Prayer:

Father, I open my eyes wide today to see your wonders in the world around me, in the people I talk with and work with today, and in the opportunities you give me to encounter your presence and see the evidence of your hand at work in my world. Please help me to affect and infect others with child-like joy and delight. I ask you for the privilege of a “Wide-eyed Wonder” day. Amen.

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