“This is a real fun day!”
Adella, our three-year old granddaughter says this often. We all love it.
It reflects a viewpoint we should all have more often. You see, Adella says this when –
- she is eating a peanut butter sandwich, which she has many days for lunch.
- she is playing outside with her brothers in the sandbox
- she is riding in the car to church
- she is helping Nana (me) set the table
- she is celebrating her brother’s and Pop’s (Phil) birthday at the park
For Adella, this is a mindset….
….at least right now.
She is three after all.
But right now she enjoys almost everything.
I need to have that perspective.
I am reading the book Miracles by Eric Metaxas. Our son gave it to me for Christmas and I am in awe of God’s creation right now in a way I have never been before. My father has always instilled in me a wonder and appreciation for God’s creation. That is the subject matter for most of the art I create. I am so grateful for this legacy.
Mr. Metaxas has the insight and ability to communicate the wonder of our very existence on planet earth as I have never understood or felt it before. He uses scientific evidence to illustrate the unlikelihood of a planet being able to sustain life. Metaxas shows the mathematical improbability of all the conditions needed for life as we know it to exist on any planet – and yet as improbable as it is – here we are!
On p. 54 Metaxas writes, “The slimness of our being here is so slim that it’s enough to leave us goggle-eyed with terror – until in the next moment we realize we are indeed here and explode with gratitude for our very existence.”
God is God.
It IS a real good day!
He says on p. 56 “It is something to which the most truly human response is the combination of terror and wonder, of ancient awe and childhood joy.”
Childhood joy. This should be our “go to” response to life.
This is a real fun day!
Of course there are terrible, hurtful, tragic days in each of our lives. These days are also part of our existence on this fallen planet.
God is God. Our hope lies in the fact of God’s faithfulness throughout our lives and into eternity.
9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
nor will you let your faithful[b] one see decay.
11 You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
The realization of God’s sustaining power in the universe and in my life allows me say –
“This is a real fun day!”