WHY DO ADULTS tend to lose their sense of childlike wonder over the years? When did I decide that bending over and searching the sand for a piece of frosted sea glass was too much trouble? Why am I not exploring the sand with my feet, as if investigating the surface of the moon? Today I intend to reclaim the wonder of childhood. I will get up from my beach chair and step out of my comfort zone, asking God to restore my sense of wonder. I will hold seashells in my hands and study the intricacy of each one. I will throw out misconceptions that tell me that maturing years are dreary and monotonous. Wonder is that divine spark that awakens my curiosity and deepens my awareness of God.
Beach Calling: A Devotional Journal for the Middle Years and Beyond
From page 52 of Beach Calling by Missy Buchanan. Copyright © 2019 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
What childhood wonder do you wish was still prominent in your life? Share your thoughts.
Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done.
—Psalm 105:4-5, NIV
Prayer for the Week
Like the waves of the ocean rolling onto the sand, may God’s glorious grace rush in to my heart and soul again and again. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.
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