- Dad, why do we have to take our shoes off?
- Do I put my bag on this thing too?
- Can I put my shoes back on now?
- Dad, when do we get on our plane?
- Is it time now?
- Can we sit by the window?
- Dad, when will our plane blast off?
- Why are we going backwards?
- What is that big button for?
- Hey Dad, look, there's shades on the window. Did you know that?
- What does prohibit mean?
- Will this plane have little tables like the last one? Like on the seat in front of me? And that little thing you move to make it come down? Will they have lights and air and stuff?
- Who are those people? How come that lady is going to sit there?
- When can I take off my seat belt?
- Are we still going up?
- Are we almost there?
- Are we going to land in the water?
- Can you get my backpack down there?
#1. LIFE IS A LOT LIKE A 4 YEAR OLD'S VIEW OUT A PLANE WINDOW.
Life is like that. No matter how much you think you know... it's pretty much only the view out the side window of history. Most of the past is unknown; as is the future. We adults can get a fairly presumptuous view of ourselves and reality. Most of what we "know" however is very little of what is "known" to God.
#2. TRAGICALLY, I HAVE TO WORK TO KEEP WHAT COMES NATURAL AT 4. IT'S CALLED "WOW".
This is why:
- "Um, please, I put my coat here for a reason, please don't sit here."
- "Can we hurry up and get to cruising altitude so I can turn on my electronic devise."
- "My window shade is down for a reason. I'm going to sleep."
- "I have my ear phones on and my nose in a magazine for a reason. Please don't talk to me".
I think it's sad to live a "wowless" life. I think I sadly, all too often, forget to say "wow". I say it on vacation in the Caribbean while watching the sun set or eating an amazing meal or taking in the view of some tropical jungle. I say it at church sometimes. But daily, in my "normal" life, I find I have to force myself to not gravitate to the task at hand, missing the presence of the Lord. Missing the amazing beauty of creation. It's all around. It's declaring "WOW".
So, thanks God. Thanks for the "WOOOOOOW" filled reminders of 4 year old eyes, still too amazed by the wonder of our world to be bored by it's daily repetition.