Young children often respond to the world around them with a natural sense of wonder and awe, with delight in new discoveries. We can easily lose this sense of wonder as the world, in another sense of that word, closes in around us…
“The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending we lay waste our powers:
Little we see in nature that is ours:
We have given our hearts away, a sordid love!
It moves us not.”
How long is it since you’ve been ‘moved’ by God’s world? Do you delight in his beauty, majesty and awesome creativity in the natural world around you? Or have you given your heart away to routine, sameness, and the daily demands of life?
Personally I have melancholic, over-thinking tendencies – and usually prefer to keep my head in a book and curl up in bed than venture into the created world. But God has given us so much to enjoy, and we can see more of him – his personality, character, and attention to detail – when we allow ourselves time in his world, re-visiting that child-like wonder, delight, and keen sense of adventure we lost so long ago…