Friday, June 24, 2011

For those who wonder (a five minute post)

It's that time... Five Minute Friday time! Come join us - Lisa-Jo picks the topic, and we let our words fly free like birds over oak trees. It's so much fun, and we would love to have you!

This week is about wonder.

Her face bursts into a grin when I make my smile, eyes scrunched up and nose crinkling in her tiny, perfect face. She wiggles toes and arms and rocks back and forth on her blanket, staring into my eyes like there is nothing else in the world to look at. She is a five month old reminder of the miracles God makes out of the abounding, overflowing love in His heart.

I pick her up and the world dissolves for a few moments in the awe of her - how she is formed, yet her tummy and squirming limbs remind me that she will keep growing, spiraling through years and dresses and putting things in her mouth and laughing, so much of that. But right now, in this moment, in this living room, her parents looking on in the same wonder and amazement, I have eyes only for her.

Because she is the reminder of the wonder - that God loves us each wildly and fiercely, that He delights in our flailing limbs and our first few hesitant rickety steps towards Him. He sees us as those miracle seeds, His children. He sees our stumbling and He holds us tight, just as I hold this little girl and rock her close and feel her little body in my lap. I remember that the wonder keeping the stars in orbit, the wonder of bird nesting in the lilac bush, the wonder of understanding each other, the wonder of meeting someone new who you love, the wonder of this achingly beautiful world is just this: that His love is the single thread running through it.

Love,
Hilary

8 comments:

  1. Beautiful Post Hilary! Isn't it amazing what a baby does to your heart and your perspective? Blessings to you!

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  2. Beautiful again, Hilary. Beautiful again. Yes: "Because she is the reminder of the wonder - that God loves us each wildly and fiercely..."

    And, yes: "that His love is the single thread running through it."

    You capture these thoughts so much better than I can. And I'm so thankful for you and your writing!

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  3. I love your imagery. I can see your little 5-month gem and feel the laughter.

    I'm a first-time visitor to your blog because of the 5-minute Friday challenge.

    Blessings!

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  4. Beautiful words Hilary. Beautiful imagery! "He delights in our flailing limbs and our first few hesitant rickety steps towards Him. He sees us as those miracle seeds, His children. " So beautiful! Thank you for this lovely addition to FMF. I always love to stop by here. Bless you, friend.

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  5. I think God made babies to quiet our hearts. Even if the mind is full of chaos, here is this little baby to quiet the soul. LOVE this. And loving the new look of the blog - makes me think of Mary Oliver's "Poppies" :-).

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  6. I love the imagery of His love the single thread running through this world. Beautiful!

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  7. Yes and Amen. Babies make a believer out of me!

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