This post was written in December of 2006:
A few days ago, I was on a lunch break from work at a fast food restaurant waiting on my food when something caught my eye. There was a little boy about 2 years old with his mother, and they were looking at the fish tank. I have gone to that restaurant countless times and seem to never notice the fish. This little boy, however, was totally infatuated with the fish in the tank. He was counting, with the help of his mom, the fish in the tank over and over and over. He seemed so into the fish that he never lost interest in doing the exact thing over and over again. I think that as we grow older and more educated we lose sight of this childlike wonder. We so easily brush by the little things in life that God has given us to enjoy. These things are not just given for our enjoyment, but they exist to reflect the beauty and wonder of their creator. The psalmist said that “the heavens declare the glory of God” (Psalms 19: 1). When we slow down enough to glimpse the beauty that out Creator has designed, we can praise God for the beauty that we see. I think that part of living a Christian life is to be looking for beauty in the midst of a world full of sin. Beauty can be found even in the most unlikely places. So, we should slow down enough to look for beauty in our world and praise the creative Designer of that beauty for what we see. Brain McLaren puts it this way “whenever we here a song or see a scene in a movie – whenever we enjoy good art or good cooking or find ourselves in good architecture or read a good paragraph in literature – whenever this happens, we celebrate that goodness, enjoy it, savor it, and most of all thank God for it” (italics mine). Living like this will help us to be more thankful and live the gratefulness of Thanksgiving day throughout the rest of the year.