The Elephant in the Room

I was five years old and full of curiosity. Being so curious often got me into trouble with my dad. But I couldn't hold back (no matter how much he wished it...or the number of spankings I got because of it). 

At night, my 3 year old sister and I would talk and talk. We probably could have talked all night long, except we'd get in trouble for that. So we came up with our own signal; we'd talk for a while (usually until Dad told us to "Go to sleep",. Then one of us would say, "Good night," and no matter how much we had one more thing to say, we'd say nothing.

After a night just like that one, I started wondering....tons of things after we said "Goodnight." I started wondering what an elephant's skin felt like, and soon my curiosity grew bold. I put my hand out as if I was going to pet the elephant right in front of me. After actually feeling it, I took my hand back right away. It was as sure and solid as petting our dog. It scared me, and I quickly drew my hand away.

Many years later, and I'm still thinking of that night. The faith of that little girl fills me with awe and wonder. I see Jesus in that night, wanting to show off his creation, and being so pleased with the curiosity of this little child. 

Do you realize God delights in our curiosity and our faith in Him? Zephaniah 3:17b says"...He will take great delight in you; in His love He will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing." I am so amazed by the deepness of God's love for me.

If you're a parent, you can kind of understand this deep love. Remember the times that you shared things with your child that were, for your child, a brand new amazement; but for you, it's "old hat," like bubbles or rainbows shining through water droplets and sunshine.

How much delight do YOU get from your child's amazement? We give our Creator that same exact feeling of  joy from our amazement. 

So feel free to look at things in a whole new way. Ask your Creator to show you new delights and amazement. He'll be delighted to honor that request.

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