Oh, childhood discovery and imagination!
Recently, I collected a large Kroger bag full of CDs, along with two short reams of CDs from my parents house... I've been enjoying muddling through them, reminiscing my beautiful high school and college years with genuine fondness for those years and thankfulness to my Heavenly Father for the growth I experienced during those years.
The thin plastic Kroger bag contained a smattering of loose CDs and many albums in their original cases.
I can't believe how far digital media has changed already in my lifetime. From vinyl (I actually owned a Big Bird record player as a child!), to 8-tracks, to cassettes (and the walk-man), to CD's (the personal CD player), to mp3s (the mp3 player), to iPhones/smartphones, hold stinkin' everything!
My kids are growing up in a world where the world, literally, is at their fingertips. On facebook alone, I have friends in Texas, California, Ireland, Sri Lanka, and Hordaland. I follow the daily life of a beautiful, godly woman in Western Canada. I can be in communication with any one of them easily, cheaply and relatively quickly, by merely logging onto facebook or email and hitting a few keys on a keyboard, followed by a single click from my mouse - or by hitting carefully calculated spots on the touch screen of an iPhone!
Childhood. Beautiful childhood. That season of physical, emotional, and spiritual growth (though the latter two don't ever end here on earth). That season of seeing life, the world around us with fresh eyes. Those moments of self-instigated environmental discovery. They are beautiful.
The small things in life; those are the moments I love - the moments I deeply cherish.
Patrick had a moment of discovery today. He somehow got hold of the clear lid of a CD case and discovered the joy of reflection. The smile, the joy, the genuine enthrallment of such a small facet of Creation. He turned the clear piece of plastic into his own "flashlight". (I picture a child, hundreds of years ago, finding similar fascination with the reflection of themselves in a pool of water.)
He was mesmerized for at least 15 minutes.
Beauty. Eucharisteo. Watching my son discover creation on his own initiative was incredible. That, and the awe I saw in his eyes. In the picture directly above, note the light spot on the carpet between the green train (lower right quadrant of the photo) and the pink sock (directly by the bottom of the sofa, near the center segment).
Patrick experimented with shining his reflection on the ceiling, the wall, the floor. Erin frequently chased after it.
Awe in Creation. Isn't that how life is supposed to be? Joy and thanksgiving, praising Him from Whom all blessings flow.
In those minutes watching Patrick in his moment of discovery, I longed for Home. I can't even fathom how beautiful, how mind-blowing, how overwhelmingly joyous eternity will be and I can.not.wait.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for a refreshing view of the world YOU made. Thank You for my son. Thank You for the ability to find joy in the small things.
To me: small = mindblowingly massive
Thank You, Jesus.