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Recapture the Wonder

IT WAS DECEMBER 31ST. I watched gigantic snow flakes drift past the window, and I became mesmerized by the beauty of the white landscape appearing before my eyes. Wonder filled me. It was then I remembered the challenge God presented me with this past spring. A challenge to see life through the eyes of a child – to


Had I actually done it?

Last April I was challenged by God to recapture the wonder of Him and His creation. While on a personal retreat where I spent 24 hours alone with God, He reminded me what it was like to be a child again.

During the evening, He coaxed me to lay my burdens aside and rest in His strong and loving arms. Nestled against His strong chest, when I finally succumbed, tears flowed. As my worries and cares emptied, my body filled with comfort and peace I knew could only come from my loving Father.

When I went to bed that night, I set my alarm to arise around 6:00 AM.  In the early morning dawn, I walked to the lake where God and I watched His magnificent sunrise greet us. Watching the golden orb peek over the still lake water, and then slowly rise basking us in a kaleidoscope of colors, refreshed my spirit. My soul thristed for more. So I spent the rest of the morning exploring God’s creation; warming myself in the spring sun and drinking in the smells and sights of a sleepy winter waking from her long nap.

Before I left the retreat, God invited me to come to Him like a child. I saw myself as a child resting on His strong right arm; my chubby little arms encircling His neck. A smile beamed across my face as I laughed with sparkling eyes adoring the man who held me in His arms. I became totally engulfed in my Father’s love. Just like the scripture in Matthew 18:2-3, I pictured myself as that child.

He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (NIV)

When I left the retreat, my challenge began. It was easy spending the day with God when there was nothing else on my plate to tend to. But once I got back home, I would be hit with a barage of grown-up responsibilites.

How could I keep my child-like vision from disappearing?
Would I lose the glimpse of wonder given me while on the retreat?

It wasn’t easy.

I continued to remind myself of what God had called me to during the 24 hour retreat. I began to purposely search for that wonder throughout my day. Many days, it was in the form of a sunrise or sunset while driving to and from work. If time allowed, I would stop and take a picture to remind me of God’s beauty.

As I began to experience the wonder of seeing the world through the eyes of a child again, God presented more and more opportunities to bask in amazement of His creation.

This fall, one spectacular wonder was donating one of my kidneys on behalf of my husband. The wonder of our human bodies and the scientific gains through medical technology is unfathomable when you realize that an organ can be given to someone else to save their life. The culmination of this came in the question from one of my friends. “Why would God create our bodies with two kidneys when it can live on only one?” Good question. Could it be to save lives?

As the year came to an end, I was invited to my grandson’s Christmas program. It was a cute play called Humbug! spun off of Scrooge. My grandson played the part of Bobby Cratchit who continued to have hope in his teacher and look for the good in her despite all the negative things the other children saw. As the teacher was shown her past, present and future, she realized the wonder she once had as a child, and the belief in and encouragement she received from one of her teachers, had been lost over the years. She didn’t want to finish her life the way she was currently living it. She chose to change her ways and bring wonder and hope to her students like she received as a child.

Thinking of the play still brings tears to my eyes. One of the songs the children sang as part of the play was:

  “Through the Eyes of a Child”
by Mark Burrows and Greg Gilpin

Do you still gaze in wonder at the stars up in the sky?
Do you still dream of soaring as you watch the eagle fly?
Can you still see the world for all the good it has to give?
When you look at life through the eyes of a child,
That’s when you truly live.

Can you still feel the magic of a holiday surprise?
Can you still see the laughter in a mother’s loving eyes?
Can you still see the world for all the good it has to give?
When you look at life through the eyes of a child,
That’s when you truly live.

That’s when you truly live.

The lyrics sum up this past year as I attempted to see life through the eyes of a child – God’s amazing challenge to me. And now I challeng you!

Recapture the Wonder


This coming year, become like a little child.
Recapture the wonder of God.