Stop. Look. Listen. Give Thanks.

There is much to be grateful for if we will simply stop for a moment and really see the details which surround us every day.

Children delight in the plethora of tiny details all around them. They are born with a sense of wonder and the ability to enjoy little things.

I used to walk quickly and with a sense of purpose before I was a mother. I soon learned that even with my first child tucked and fastened into a stroller, a fast pace was almost impossible. Absolutely everything fascinates little people. Things that we consider mundane, drab and boring grab their attention.

Children love to peer closely at tiny objects. Perhaps it is because they are closer to the ground but they stop at every flower and bug, especially a bug on a flower. As they look, touch, smell, even lick each wonderful new discovery, all their attention is riveted on that one thing. At first it was difficult to slow down during our walks and let the toddlers set the pace but it was a wonderful instruction in relaxing and becoming fully present to the moment.

At first I was only capable of enjoying whatever captured my children’s notice but now I realize that they were experiencing so much more than I initially thought. In their silent, non-verbal attention to nature, they were in deep communion with God Himself as He is present in His creation. Adults struggle for years to merely glimpse the intimacy that little children have naturally with God. They do not need to strive or work for this state of contemplation because they are without guile, prior opinions or expectations; they are open and look with trust, ready to absorb the love, joy and peace that envelopes them. Children are grateful for everything.

I, too, can learn to live in a constant state of gratitude and thankfulness. Even if I were to live in the midst of a concrete jungle, I could at least stop for a moment, look up and give thanks. I simply need to remind myself to glance upwards, above my little busy world and enjoy the sky. The sky alone is an extravagant present that continually fills me with the joy if I remember to take a break from my “important” business.

7 thoughts on “Stop. Look. Listen. Give Thanks.

  1. Wonderful post. I learnt that lesson one day when I took the car in for a service. I always drove up and down that same street without noticing anything. One day I took the car in to the garage and walked all the way back home … and noticed the gardens in each house, different flowers, trees, bees and butterflies. It was quite an experience.

    Thank you Lord.

    God bless you Melanie.


  2. Yes, children have an innate sense of wonder. It’s magical to watch. The saddest thing in my life is that I was never able to be a mother. You are so right about finding things around us every day to be thankful for. The sky, the sun, the butterfly that passes by, they are all there for us to pause and enjoy their beauty. Wonderful post!


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