OK… I just finished a 3 hour field trip with my son and about 60 third graders to a local nature reserve and wetland and I am still alive to speak of the experience. I came away from this time together learning 2 extremely important things:
- God Bless all teachers. I have no idea why you chose your occupation, but I am glad you did and I promise to pray for you more often!
- It is unbelievable how these kids looked at ordinary things that we see every day. Things like a fallen tree, a leaf, a pond, a bird’s nest… and find not only incredible joy, but also unlimited small interesting things in everything! I watched these children put muddy water under a microscope and sit amazed at tiny little bugs. What were previously hyperactive boys in a moment became still, almost paralyzed, by the wonder of all they had just found.
The reality that all around us there are wonderful and amazing opportunities and possibilities hit me yet again. But they are hidden. Not by camouflage, or paint, but they are hidden… disguised as the ordinary. For you to find the wonder of life today it will most likely not be found in the exotic… it will be found when you choose to intently look into what is already all around you. It is there! The goal today for you and I is to find it! And when we do, life comes alive.
Praying you look, and when you do, you will find!