“Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” – C. S. Lewis
I think there’s this quest as we grow, to also un-grow. Life’s disappointments and discouragements, if we are not careful, shape and colour what we are able to see now.
As we grow, the discouragement list grows to a silly amount and I think for some of us (🙋🏼♀️) it can become easy to lose sight of the wonder that is now; wonders that, as a child we wouldn’t have failed to miss.
Children I find, bring perspective when I hang out with them. I think maybe it’s because their outlook differs to my own.
They see and pick up a flower fallen from its stalk and carry it carefully on their way home. They giggle a bunch when you teach them a funny handshake. They listen to stories with such keenness and curiosity. It’s kinda like what they see is less clouded or protected by pretense, more grounded in reality.
All stuff that now, I have to actively work against – and so often have to try really hard to see the simple wonder in the first place because of it.
What if, when we read of ‘The Kingdom’ so often mentioned in the Bible – their outlook is a little piece of what that is? What if it’s one we can and perhaps are called to learn to again see?
“Learn this well: Unless you dramatically change your way of thinking and become teachable, and learn about heaven’s kingdom realm with the wide-eyed wonder of a child, you will never be able to enter in..” Matt 18:3-5 (TPT).