As adults we get bogged down with the daily grind, we lose our wonder at the world around us. Paying bills, doing laundry, and the general stresses of life wear us down. To me that’s why it’s so fascinating to spend time with children – to see the light in their eyes as they discover a little wiggling caterpillar or giggle at the sight of bubbles floating in the air, squeal with delight when you say yes to ice cream, or soak up their ginormous grin when you give in to their begging for a second book at bedtime.
It’s the simple things in life that we need to look for and enjoy, and it’s the simple things in life that we ought to be grateful for too. Children seem to have figured out this balance, as I discovered in a prayer group recently.
I was part of a group of moms who were praying with the one class from Amy’s school last week. The teacher had a few requests from the children to be included in our prayer time. These included a sick granny, a mom expecting her new baby, and a little friend who had left the school when his family moved away. But then there was one boy who simply wanted us to pray for the animals. Such a simple and pure request, he just wanted all animals to be remembered and prayed for. And let’s face it with the current situation our world is in the animals need all the prayers they can get!
It made me think back to a time when Amy said thanks in her evening prayers for bacon, and another time when she put in a request to remind Mom to buy ice-cream in the morning. Such simple things, and yet kids take such pleasure in them. Sharing crispy bacon or licking an ice-cold ice-cream on a hot day, life doesn’t get much better than that!