Wonder, trust, innocence

A child blowing dandelion seed
Then again, perhaps more grown-ups would do this if we didn’t want to help the dandelions spread…

Like a child:

One of my favourite things about summer is the whimsy of warm days, when puffy seed clusters float through the air. We used to catch them, hold them between our hands, make a wish, and then let them go. I still refer to these as “wishes” and try to catch them if I think no one is watching.

Earlier this week I noticed aloud that this time of summer has indeed arrived – complete with wishes floating through the air. My business-minded companions looked at me like I was crazy. They had never heard of wishes and could barely visualize what I was talking about when I described them. I suspect that they think I am quaint in a rather juvenile way, but I don’t ever want to outgrow my childhood. I don’t want to forget the simple joys of pausing to smell the lilacs and catch the wishes.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs” (Matthew 19:14, NRSV). Many sermons have been given on what childish qualities Jesus is referring to here that we might aspire to emulate. I have a pocketful of ideas about characteristics that I am convinced qualify – in particular, wonder, trust, and innocence.

A Prayer

Jesus, help me to always find causes to wonder at you, at your power, at the beauty of your creation, and at your immeasurable generosity to me. Help me to trust you unconditionally, and to know that your plans are the only ones that matter. Help me to approach the world with an incorruptible simplicity and purity. Help me to always carry the kingdom of heaven in my heart. Amen.

“Dangerous Wonder:
The Adventure of Childlike Faith”
by Michael Yaconelli

Wonder, trust, innocence
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