I used to want more stuff. I kept a mental list of things to make my home cozier, make me look more stylish, or up my game as I drove down the road.
And I spent hours striving to achieve my goals.
But today, I want more moments. The ones you savor when you wake in the middle of the night. The ones that usually come at no cost. Moments like:
- Sneaking in as my babies slept to hear their gentle breathing.
- Grandkids dressed for bed in their Papa’s T-shirt. Because spending the night was a last minute decision.
- The sound of the kids trying to be quiet on Christmas morning.
- Finding my child, in a sea of faces, as their choir sang, “Jesus loves me this I know…”
- Waking before dawn, stepping over sleeping children, in a tent, at the beach, so Tim and I could watch the sunrise.
So many moments filtered through my fingers. And now I wonder, did I pause enough and soak them in?
Maybe the true blessing of eternity is time. Time to savor the insignificant without thinking it mundane. To sit still until the sun rises fully in the sky. To never rush the moment. To fully appreciate the presence of a God who longs for my attention. Who decorates this world in His glory.
GK Chesterdon describes it beautifully:
“Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again;” and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it again” to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.”
Maybe, our goal is to learn how to exult in monotony. To never tire of the simple things. To savor a moment until it floods us in His glory, keeping us forever in His infancy.