I went into her room, rescued her from the confines of her crib, and brought her back to our bed. She gestured excitedly, with accompanying toddler sounds, towards the TV. I knew what she wanted immediately.
"Do you want to watch George, Evie?" I asked.
Evie's favorite show for some time now has been Curious George, which is ironic because they share pretty much an identical nature.
Sweet and affable?
And so it goes.
But the thing that really grabbed my attention today as Evie watched her favorite show was the wonder in her eyes. She laid there with her head on my pillow, eyes glued to the action on-screen. Her little blue eyes danced and I was captivated by it all. As she watched with eyes of wonder so did I.
But I wasn't watching Curious George.
I was watching her.
And then it struck me.
My daughter and I were both amazed but for very different reasons. She was caught up in the antics of a cartoon monkey. I was caught up in her, my precious and beloved daughter.
The amazement she was experiencing was so real, so big, so vibrant to her still-developing mind. The amazement I experienced had nothing to do with the show but rather her enjoyment of it.
And I think in some ways this must be how our heavenly Father must feel as He ponders us, His beloved children.
All the things that draw our attention, the things that amaze and excite us, are mere trifles to God.
But He made it all, the sun, moon, and stars. He made wilderness and waterfalls, whitewater, and wildebeest. He made an entire universe of wonder!
But for what?
Obviously, He didn't make these things to amaze Himself. That honor was reserved for His finest creations, His children.
God made the universe to amaze us so He could watch our eyes dance. God made us so His eyes could dance.
The universe declares His glory to us. It screams, "Look at me and wonder at the greatness of the Creator!"
Psalms 19:1-4 says,
1 The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
The skies display his craftsmanship.
2 Day after day they continue to speak;
night after night they make him known.
3 They speak without a sound or word;
their voice is never heard.
4 Yet their message has gone throughout the earth,
and their words to all the world.
As I looked at my daughter this morning I felt as if I'd slipped into a moment of eternity. I felt connected to her but I also felt connected to my Father.
I could feel His eyes upon us, upon that moment, and I knew they were full of wonder.
Today as you consider God I pray that you look with eyes of wonder at Him.
It is He that skillfully crafted our world and infused it with wonder. It is He that lovingly formed you and me with His own hands.
It is He that longs to see our eyes full of wonder as we behold Him.