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Innocence and wide-eyed wonder… The most beautiful things I have ever seen.

My three-year-old nephew has been blest with a heart that longs for God. He actually comprehends that Jesus died for his sins and that Christ needs to be the Lord of his life. Many a seventy year old cannot understand as much. My nephew loves Jesus and expresses that in child-like but profound ways–with songs that run through his head to concepts that astound me to witnessing to women at Dunkin Donuts. Because of that love for God, he has even more than the usual innocence that a child his age possesses.

As he sat on a table today, playing my guitar and singing ‘He’s still working on me’ (by far his favorite song) I was explaining to him the meaning of another song about God’s treasures mattering more than any treasures we humans could find. He got that, but wanted to know if it was okay for him to enjoy catching bugs–because he really liked that, but he wanted to like God more. I told him that God liked it when he caught bugs. When he asked me why, I answered, “Because God made this world beautiful for you.” And God did. He made a magnificent world for us to enjoy and work in and love in.

The world is a fallen place, full of misery and sorrow that was never meant to be here. But that does not mean that there is not beauty. I have recently discovered a new appreciation for the beauty of life–from laughter to landscapes to family to writing. God’s power and grace still remains. And if we’ll just open our eyes, we will see a whole new world. In the Spiderwick Chronicles (I’ve only ever seen the movie) the three siblings gain a new vision of an incredible world that always lived around them, but they could now see and appreciate it. In the same way, if we will just turn our eyes towards God again, we will see a whole universe.

I went on telling my nephew stories from The Xsardis Chronicles, I wrote beside him as we listened to Christian Folk singer Josh Garrels (a really unique style of music. His newest album Love and War and The Seas In Between is a free download, so check him out!), played games, and watched his imagination soar on his own. His youthful love of everything around him and his incessant desire not just to ask questions but to comprehend the true and lovely things in the world is so exciting. Innocence allows wonder which brings glory to God.

I get so caught up in depicting the awesomeness of mountainsides, but I often overlook the little things like the beauty of child-like love. After all, Jesus says in Mark 10:15, “I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” I can learn a lot from a three-year-old. Not just from the innocence, but the reverence of God, the solid belief beyond doubt that He is real, the fervent love that stops all timid silence…

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