A breezy, spring-scented day it was yesterday. A perfect day pretty much, except I was on Day 3 of the flu.
I had writing to do, so I settled myself into the wicker chair on my front porch and set my expectations low. Scribbling away with my favorite pen, I tried to sound lucid in the devotion I was writing for WorshipMinistryDevotions.com. Was making modest progress when the most delightful sound interrupted my thoughts:
Four of them. They were coming up the sidewalk behind me, so I decided to wait until they were within my vision before greeting them (I was sick, and I took full advantage of that fact to justify my inertia).
I waited. And I waited. Still, they did not appear. I gathered the energy to turn my head around, and I realized that, yes, they were progressing up the sidewalk, but at snail’s pace. Because, you know, it takes time to exclaim over leaves and flowers and little bugs. And then it takes more time to scrunch up that leaf or put that bug in your pocket or pause to ponder what makes that flower smell so awesome-good. This discovering of the world is slow business, and it’s not to be hurried.
After walking over and talking with them and their childcare provider for a few moments, I resumed writing. But this time I think I set my sights a little higher. This time I remembered: There are wondrous things to talk about when it comes to my Father’s world, no matter the subject–creation, grace, worship, correction even. I remembered that writing about the kingdom of God requires having the open, trusting heart of a child. It necessitates lifting my head up above my scribbling pen, putting my paltry 3-day flu in perspective, and taking time to see, listen, smell, taste, handle, absorb, and appreciate. It means having great expectations that when I listen for my Shepherd’s voice, He will help me know what to say.
As I continued writing, I tried to catch a little of the wonder of His heart. And you know, I felt I could almost hear it beating in those little voices that trailed off down the street.
What has made you stop and wonder lately? I’d very much love to hear! (Please comment below.)