Wonder: A feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable.
Last week, as we spent the evening at my parents' house for dinner, my mom and I were talking. As we discussed upcoming holiday plans, times, at whose house we'd be for what, we paused from talking. Isaac had been at the china cabinet in the kitchen as we frantically made plans. He had carefully repositioned the shepherds that were on display in the nativity. They weren't facing out anymore. He had turned them so they were facing the baby Jesus, backs to the room. He then simply skipped away as if nothing had changed.
"Look at this," my mom noticed. We both stood by that nativity scene and let the implications soak in. Isaac had seen what we often look past. A nativity is for display, yes, but it is our attitude of focus that defines where we direct our worship during Christmas. We can decorate and wrap and stage all season long, but if our faces and hearts aren't turned to the truth of Christ's birth and allow that to shape our hearts, it's just a show.
I love the wonder that comes from the perspective of my son. In a moment, he can allow us to see what he sees. Often, that perspective brings me back around to eye-opening reminders like this nativity scene. It can be so easy to look past this gift. I can care too much about others' opinions--care too much about how others see me. Isaac sees the unexpected and isn't afraid to share it, even if it goes again status quo. He is a reminder of God's impact in my perspective every moment...a reminder to turn my heart to Jesus and to worship his beauty that outshines the lights of a million stars.
He truly has a gift for wonder. And what a treasured gift he is to me.