Wonder and Curiosity

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The other day I made a quick trip to Walmart at 6:00am in the morning.  I needed a few things for the day/weekend and wanted to avoid the school and work traffic.  After loading up my shopping cart and swiping my debit card at the self checkout counter, a wave of gratitude washed over me as I proceeded to leave the store.

Lord, please let me never forget the blessing and privilege of knowing I have enough.  I never want to take for granted those seasons when life is overflowing with “enough.”

In this season, we have money to pay the bills. I have a job. My husband has a job. We have a house to live in. We have cars to drive. We have our health. It’s far too easy to forget the beauty and grace of “enough.”

As I walked to my car, two words came to mind: wonder and curiosity.

In seasons of plenty, I can sometimes forget to be grateful. This is why living in an ongoing state of wonder and curiosity is important.

Wonder and awe at how God breathed beauty back into a hopeless and broken life .

Wonder and awe at how God has this incredible ability to redeem. His healing work is a constant reminder that nothing is ever too gone, too lost, or too broken.

Wonder and awe at how God showers down His enough in the midst of our not enoughs.

Wonder and awe at how my one tiny life is not insignificant to Him. In a universe made up of many many creations, my life matters to Him…each and every single life matters to Him.

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Curiosity   

I am committed to asking this question on a regular basis: Lord, what more are you capable of doing? Regardless of our circumstances, regardless of how bleak a situation might seem, what more can you do, Lord?  A great quote from Margaret Feinberg comes to mind. “Remain suspicious that God is up to something good.”

When we live in a state of curiosity then our hearts become receptive. As we flip the pages of this life, we begin to recognize and embrace more of His grace, more of His faithfulness and more of His mercy. We learn and grow when we choose to live or lives chronically curious.  

As I was writing the thought above, the scene of a little kid’s birthday party came to mind.  I love how children huddle around the friend who is opening the gift. Young kids don’t stand at a distance when their friend is unwrapping a present. No, they hover around their friend and wait with expectation.

Could it be that our life is designed to be lived the same way?  We huddle close to our Creator and look on with joyful anticipation. What are you capable of doing, Lord?  How BIG are you, Lord?  What beauty do You want me to recognize today, Lord? 

This faith journey requires that I live my life with child-like wonder and curiosity.

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Another thing happened as I left Walmart the other morning. I suddenly remembered a brief section of a dream I had the night before. I was talking to someone (not sure who) and they mentioned to me they had never seen a cardinal before.

Really? It was hard for me to imagine never catching a glimpse of this beautiful, stunning red bird.

However, as we sat there talking, not one but two cardinals came into view. A female and male sat on a fence in the distance. This stranger in my dream finally caught a glimpse of beauty he/she had never experienced before.

This snippet from my dream prompted this thought.
Sometimes beauty we have never laid eyes on before will fly into our dreary worlds.
And sometimes, as we curiously watch and wait, that beauty will exceed our expectations.

 

“Lord my God, You have done many things—
Your wonderful works and Your plans for us;
none can compare with You.
If I were to report and speak of them,
they are more than can be told. ” Psalm 40:5

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