The kids’ last day of school was on the 4th and while they did amazing catching up to their peers in Kindergarten in only four short months, we have some work to do this summer to prepare for 1st grade. Most of that is writing and reading, but I’ve found teaching opportunities in the little things so far this summer at home with them.
We have a few hanging flower baskets that the boys gave me for Mother’s Day right in front of our living room window. Manny noticed birds flying into the basket he gave me and was worried that the birds were eating (his) flowers! The next time I watered it, sure enough there was a nest with two beautiful eggs.
Over the course of the next few weeks we used that time to talk about and actually watch the life forming in that nest. The anticipation of baby birds kept the kids excited each day. This nest led to many discussions: Why does a bird lay eggs and people don’t? Why will the momma bird leave if we disturb the nest? How do birds build the nests?
The kids were in awe and amazement at watching the baby birds growing in those nests and I couldn’t help but be too.
This was much more of a learning experience for me, or maybe a great reminder, because as adults we need to be reminded to be in awe and wonder of the miracles around us. It sadly doesn’t come naturally anymore.
And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
This is a true life example of what I think this scripture means. Watching these birds through our living room window build a nest out of twigs and grass, then the appearance of two little eggs seemingly out of nowhere, left the kids in shock and amazement. Then seeing the baby birds appear a short while later left them in awe and wonder and excitement.
Why aren’t we as adults the same way? The Bible specifically tells us that we need to become like little children again. We need to bring back that awe and excitement at the rain, the wind blowing through the trees, the beautiful flowers appearing out of the ground, the vast oceans, the enormous mountains and the beautiful sunshine that God created.
The list goes on and on.
Take the time today to just stand in awe and amazement at something in your life. Whether it’s the rain falling from the sky, the wind blowing through your hair or your beautiful little baby resting in your arms.
Here is a video that was shown at church a few weeks ago on this very topic. Watch it and be reminded: Stand in awe… In wonder…. Be excited about all of the miracles around you.