Gnarly Imagination.

--Here’s a note from our Director, Sherri Uhrig. Stay tuned for more great devotionals, advice, and fun articles from her in our Kids Ministry Idea Magazine! 

As I was standing at our back windows blankly staring out into the forest suddenly I saw it!  I took a quick breath in… yes!  There it was looking right back at me.  I called my 15-year old granddaughter to come quick and see.  We stood side by side and I guided her eyes to see what I was seeing… she found it too!  “Doesn’t it look like a snake?,”  I asked.  She cocked her head from side to side and said, “No, it looks like a squirrel.”  We were both silently looking at a big gnarly shaped burl on one of the trees in the forest and were quickly lost in our thoughts.  We both felt that wonder and whispered; “isn’t God an amazing artist?”

We are never too old or too young to use our imaginations and wonder about all that God has created for us.  After all, He is the God of Wonders!  Recently I read a great article by Rachel Carson, author of The Sense of Wonder. In it, she writes,” A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood.” Carson also concludes that “if a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.”

My friends, stop what you are doing right now… really!  Go to the window.  Lift your eyes to the lofty skies and wonder about the shapes of the clouds, the splash of the raindrops, or the dance of the flowers in the breeze.  Take a deep breath and reclaim your imagination.  Find the wonder and awe as you read God’s Holy word… find the extraordinary in the ordinary.

It may be just an ordinary gnarly hunk of burl on a tree but in my imagination it is a huge snake slithering and winding itself around the tree… or a squirrel. 

My prayer for you is that today, you will sense the ‘wonder and awe’ of our amazing God!