I was walking behind them as we made our way into the mall yesterday.
They were a young couple with two cute little boys. One was still being carried in his mama’s arms; the other was three or four, walking quite independently between his mom and dad. The older one stopped abruptly to pick up a shiny silver chain that had been dropped in the parking lot. It was clear he was delighted with his find. He kept turning around to look at me, eyes dancing, as if to say, “Did you see what I found?”
I proceeded on into the bookstore where I was hoping to find a copy of “The Greatest Gift” by Ann Voskamp. In front of me was an adorable little girl with long, blond hair, accompanying her grandma. Right away she spotted something and said,
“Oh, grandma, this is my favorite!”
I smiled at the grandma. She grinned, rolled her eyes just a bit, and quietly said to me,
“It’s all her “favorite!”
Everywhere we turn there is plenty of stuff staged to look exactly like something we might want or need for this gift-giving season. Even the ads are gorgeous! The truth is, when I am at home, there is very little I want or need. In fact, as I transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas in my heart and home, my goal really is just for my heart to make room for Him. I want to be sure not to miss the true gift this Christmas season. I want to cultivate the simplicity and the sacredness of the season.
Step into the stores and I inevitably see something I want. I want what I see. I realize we are not much different from the two young children I had the chance to watch. A broken key chain abandoned in a parking lot becomes treasure to the child that sees it. A familiar character on an otherwise boring bookmark, is the beginning of many ‘favorites’ for the little girl in the bookstore.
Honestly, I love watching a child’s wonder, especially during this season. In my devotional, (“The Greatest Gift”) this morning, Ann talked about being “ravished with wonder.” I want to be ravished with wonder at God’s love for me and the beautiful creation that surrounds me. I want to be ravished with wonder by the qualities I see in people, not just during this holiday season, but every day. I want that sense of wonder as I read His word and celebrate with my family and friends. I want to see it in the kind eyes and smiles of strangers, in each act of kindness and each charitable gift. It means shifting my focus from the stuff to the spirit. It means looking for what’s really valuable and living in gratitude for it.
As we countdown toward Christmas, I encourage you to see with new eyes the spirit of the season and the true gifts we’ve been afforded. It will still be true that we want what we see, but we will be much richer as a result of receiving those gifts . Abundance is… gifts of the spirit, not just the stuff.
Celebrating the Wonder With You,