This photo is the visual example of one of the biggest lessons I have learned from my daughter: To never stop looking at the world with childlike wonder.
Between ages three and five, her and I would drive from Virginia to Ohio to visit my family. There was a standing rule for this trip: I had to make sure she was awake when we entered West Virginia because she loved to see the train trestles. This meant I had to time my drive just right so we could see them all in the daylight. For whatever reason, she was mesmerized by these. And I was mesmerized by her awe.
Now, she is in her twenties and still looks at His creation and man-made creations with this wonder. She lights up at bodies of water, Texas wildflowers, horses and especially happy dogs. The world she sees is beautiful and wonderful. It’s a world she continues to want to discover and enjoy. I have learned many things from her, but this lesson may be the biggest: Despite any trials you may be facing, there is beauty, mystery, and wonder in this world He has created. Never stop exploring.
Just as God told Job:
“Listen to this, Job;
stop and consider God’s wonders.
15 Do you know how God controls the clouds
and makes his lightning flash?
16 Do you know how the clouds hang poised,
those wonders of him who has perfect knowledge? Job 37:14-16
Stand in awe of Him and His creation and even in the amazing feats that man has accomplished with the help of God.
Look at the world with childlike wonder.