“There is a primal sense of wonder and awe in the face of a child when they are fully absorbed in the moment. They’re thrilled with a sense of anticipation – just what kind of experiences are right around the corner. It is something to behold – this pure, unbridled joy. Life has a way of beating that wonder and awe out of us… You pour your time & energy & money into something and then it blows up in your face… and so, gradually, with your arms folded over your chest, you become one… more… spectator.” Rob Bell
I can say, I have experienced this, sometimes even multiple times in a single week! I try so hard to get something right – whether it be juggling tasks at work, developing a relationship, or cultivating a new idea. I’ve put so much effort into it, only to have it blow up in my face. So, why keep trying? It seems like it would be easier to just let life happen to me. To just go with the flow.
A couple weeks ago, author Rob Bell released a video called Rediscovering Wonder. In this video, he recalls how Jesus said, ‘Follow me’. “It’s as if He’s calling each of us to return to that childlike sense of wonder, awe and anticipation. He reaches deep down there through all those layers and into our heart and says, ‘follow me’. He invites us to leave behind all the reasons to be bitter, jaded and cynical because – let’s be honest – what you are looking for, you will find in this world. He calls us to leave behind all of our reasons to fold our arms over our chest and become one more spectator. He says, ‘Come follow me. Move beyond all that.'”
I want to again taste the vibrance in this life. I want to be in awe of all the little things, with a childlike wonder and fascination. I do not want to be the one on the sidelines… watching and making fun of those who are doing, only as a way to mask my own misery.
I invite you to watch the video. And in Rob’s words, “May you rediscover this childlike sense of discovery and anticipation. May you be open to the new thing that God is doing – right here, right now. And may you be wide-eyed and filled with wonder and awe.”