Do you ever see the world around you through the eyes of a child?
My cousin and her family are moving to Nashville! For the past week, I’ve been spending most of my time with them unpacking boxes, organizing bookcases, cooking, and playing with two of her three sons (the oldest is at summer camp until Sunday). It has been so much fun playing with these boys, and yesterday especially was the day of our biggest adventure. We went to Kroger, the local grocery store…
To make any, old trip to the grocery an adventure, there is one thing that you must absolutely have: a cart with a car attached on the front. The boys had a blast, and I myself had just as much fun acting like a little kid with them. We made sound effects while going down the aisles. When we came into the section of the grocery store with all of the flowers, we pretended that we were in the rainforest searching for certain animals.
When we came within view of the lobster tank, Connor jumped out of the car faster that I thought possible…
I wish I had my camera out when he first saw them because his face was PRICELESS! He was so excited and could not believe that there were live animals, let alone sea creatures, in the middle of the grocery store. “Sissy! Looowwwk!” Connor exclaimed, “Zat iz juzt so coooo-ewl!” Even Larson and I ooohed and awwwed with Connor as we marveled at the wonder of lobsters in the grocery store. It was time to move on though, and get the rest of our groceries.
And we were off…..
Throughout all of our days of fun, I’ve come to ask myself, “At what point did I stop seeing the world around me through the eyes of a child? What made me come to believe that this world was small and mundane enough to deserve only the occasional notice of a sunset or a pretty flower? Why don’t I gasp when I see lobsters in a grocery store? Where has my childlike sense of wonder gone?”
“Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.
Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”
Maybe it’s time for us to see through the eyes of a child once more….