There's something about being around little kids that makes joy contagious. A few weeks ago, Trinity Kids participated in VBS. Each day, the children were challenged to think about God's creativity as shown through nature. We oohed and ahhhed as we looked at the world with magnifying glasses. We marveled at bugs and animals of all sizes and we giggled at clouds shaped like rhinos.
As we demonstrated God's imagination by holding up fruits and vegetables (and showing their corresponding innards), the children began chanting for their favorite fruits or vegetables to be shown. In that moment, they understood something profound: even though God is big, He has taken delight in designing even the smallest of things. And that is certainly something to chant about!
As a friend recently pointed out, "God does not provide us with minimalist food. He creates a world with a capacity to produce over 7,500 varieties of apple. 7,500! From this myriad variety we can make apple juice and apple wine. We can make apple pie, apple crumble, apple cake, apple crisp. We can bake them or stew them. We can dry or puree them. The Brits make a toffee apple. Isaac Newton gets hit on the head by a falling apple and discovers a theory of universal gravitation."
I love the line from Alanis Morissette's song Wunderkind:
"I am a magnet for all kinds of deeper wonderment."
Or the Psalmist:
"The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.'" (Psalm 126:3)
Perhaps during Common Time, we should seek to be wonder-magnets. May we let this season be one of deep reflection, fruitful creativity, and sheer astonishment over even the littlest things that God has done.