Finding God's Winning Spirit

Christian Regression (Return to Wonderment)

November 20, 2014 | Greg Smith | Devotional


I am always amazed at the perceptions of children. They pick up a stick and it becomes a gun. I see a string, they see a bracelet. I point to a cloud, they see a horse. Children are not limited by reality and see life as a never-ending spontaneous adventure. Life for them is founded on possibilities, fueled by joy and filled with wonderment. They are playing, exploring, and creating…and that’s awesome!

As parents we often see this behavior as cute but transitional; something that will pass with maturity. Why can’t we appreciate this view of life? It is probably because we are old. Okay, maybe not decrepit old but old enough for harsh reality to have taken the fun out of life. To be honest we are just not much fun anymore. Remember what it was like to bounce out of bed full of excitement, full of wonder and hopes of endless new experiences?  “Those were the days” – those need to be the days again.

It was Albert Einstein who said, “He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed”. If the truth be known we all spend some days of our lives “dead to the world”. No matter if it is life in general, our history or just plain age. Our goal for  many days is to survive with no calamity or surprises; things staying the same are things hoped for.

This is not living life with the joy of James 2:1, the rejoicing of Philippians 4:4 or hope found in Hebrew 11:1. It is the world that tells us that things will probably fail and get worse not Scripture. Living our lives connected to earth and flesh may take its toll but not if we live by our faith. We have been given the gift of hope and wonderment through the resurrection. It is Mark 16:5 that cuts our tether to this world, “Entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting at the right, wearing a white robe; and they were amazed”.

As Christian adults it is not childishness or naivety that keeps us hopeful, joyful and full of wonderment, it is our relationship with God. For us being positive is a choice founded on the excitement and possibilities that come from knowing, “…with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). To be a child of God is to return to childhood which brings with it joy and wonderment. We too should be spending our days playing, exploring, and creating.

This sure enhances what Jesus told his disciples, “… Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself (rely on God) as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven”. (Matthew 18:3-4)

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