2007! Can you believe it? I hope you had some relaxing and refreshing times over your holiday season. We did here. It was a marvelous time with family and friends. But, Iâ€™ve got to tell you, I really enjoyed getting back into more of a routine this morning and getting back to those things God has put before me in this new year.
But one of the things I hope to hold on to this year is the childlike wonder I see in my granddaughter. (Yep, thatâ€™s her again on the left. Sorry, the combination of her expressions and my daughterâ€™s photographic skills, makes it irresistible.) We got to spend a couple of days with her and her parents up in the snow, which we donâ€™t see much of around the Los Angeles area. This picture of her captures perfectly what it was like being with her. Almost everything around her filled her with wonder and laughter. I love seeing the world through her eyes. (And if you want to see a bit more of the Jacobsenâ€™s in the snow with kids and dogs, you can check out our very own YouTube video here.)
Iâ€™ve been spending some time of late with Nicodemus in John 3 for a future BodyLife article. I am challenged by Jesusâ€™ words to him that to see the kingdom we must become like little children. I think part of that includes this sense of wonder that pervades our life, even the most difficult moments with the expectancy of his appearing within it.
I think that may get more difficult as we get older and get more focused on the challenges, pains and unfulfilled wants of this age than we do the love of our Father. Even as Aimee was wondrously enraptured at the scenery, she was also cutting in some molars that have been more than painful. Somehow, for her the wonder of all things new still outweighs the bad stuff.
I know many people facing the direst of circumstances as this year begins, in terms of medical challenges, financial needs and emotional brokenness. I know it isnâ€™t easy to keep our head up when the world throws itâ€™s nastiest stuff our direction and so many challenges seem to pile on, but one look into the face of the Creator of all, and the Gracious Father of love, is enough to melt our hearts and restore our joy. He knows you and he loves you, and his purposes in you will not thwarted by the most brutal of circumstance.
There is no greater wonder than the simplicity and power of his glory. May you often in this year, turn your eyes to the Father of all!