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Tuesday, June 14, 2011


This morning, I was sitting on a beach in North Carolina, keeping an eye on my two younger children. As I gazed across the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean, dotted with fishing boats and yachts, I noticed several shiny gray shapes. Dolphins! I was actually observing wild dolphins! I yelled to the kids, "Look! Dolphins!" By this time the dolphins had re-submerged, and my children went back to digging in the sand.
This exchange had lasted only five or ten minutes, but it was long enough for me to come to two realizations. First, observing these magnificent creatures took my mind off all the worries and stresses in my life. Have you ever noticed how God uses His creation to refocus our lives? For that brief moment in time, my mind was focused on those dolphins, and on my own little miniscule sliver of creation known as my life.
Second, it was almost a role reversal between my children and myself. Here I was, at 36, excited and in awe of something wonderful. I was almost like a little kid again. And when I was expressing my wonderment, the kids looked up, saw nothing, and went back to what they were doing. It was kinda what we parents do when our children want to tell a tale of wonder, and we go back to reading the paper, or watching the ballgame.
Let us noit forget to hold on to that childlike sense of wonder and awe at creation.

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