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Rediscover Your Childlike Wonder

Notice the miracles around you, big or small, and thank Jesus for what you see.

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Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced. 1 Chronicles 16:12 (NIV)

As a new beekeeper, I am often awestruck because the bee-colony ecosystem is amazing! For example, one of my hives recently, unexplainably, lost its queen. Without a queen, the colony would die. Knowing this, the bees created queen cells, fed the larvae extra royal jelly and produced a new queen. Watching this phenomenal process ignited a dormant sense of wonder in me. It reminded me of the sense of wonder I had when I was a child.

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Sadly, as we grow older, those moments of wonder become rare. Life can steal the awe away as we face the day-to-day grind. We put our heads down, perform our daily routines, interact with familiar people, and experience little excitement or joy. We stop being curious. We stop trying new things. Our senses become dull. Even our faith can feel dull.

Jesus encourages us to live with childlike faith. He said to His disciples, “Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it” (Mark 10:15, ESV). I need a reminder to live life and experience my faith like a child. Beekeeping reminds me of that need.

With my renewed childlike wonder, I have begun to pay more attention to the marvels around me. I am more curious about people I thought I knew well. Most importantly, my faith has been refreshed, and I look for moments of wonder in my everyday life and intentionally give thanks for the big and small miracles surrounding me. I frequently walk out to my beehives and just watch them because they remind me that life is full of wonder.

Faith Step: Take a walk around your neighborhood today and notice themiracles around you, big or small, and thank Jesus for what you see.

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