“What do you think heaven’s like?”
Seated around the sticky kitchen island in the early morning
humidity, my children and I wake up slowly.
I am on a second or third cup of reheated coffee. They spill milk and cereal and crunch
chocolate toast. In a moment of quiet,
my oldest son poses his question.
Still focused on my coffee, wrapped in a fog of sleepiness
I’m reluctant to leave, I reply, “I’m not sure.
What do you think it’s like?”
Perched on a high wooden stool, he pontificates, and his
picture of heaven includes the absence of bickering.
There’s been a lot of bickering this morning and every
morning, especially now as summer begins its waning. In fact, first thing that morning I scolded
the boys for their non-stop verbal warfare.
My sleepy brain picks up on the no-fighting thing and in my
best grumpy old man voice, I growl out a version of God, “Hey, cut that
out. No fighting allowed in here.”
Wrapped in the joy of his own ideas, my son pauses and turns
to give me a quizzical look. Eyebrows
arched, head cocked to the side, quick as a whip, he replies, “He’s not that
His correction causes a pause, then we both laugh, surprised by his nimble reply. In four
short words, my son defended his own understanding of the heart of God, God’s
I am grumpy.
Especially in the early morning, when humidity is at 90% and little
sweaty, sleepy people are squabbling all around me.
But God is not.
And the fact that my son not only sees, but
defends the difference, is a great source of joy.
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Welcome to the #SmallWonder link-up.
What if we chose to deliberately look for the small moments of wonder, the small sparks of presence, of delight or sorrow, of true humanity in which we meet God?
That’s my proposal – that we gather here each week to share one moment of Wonder from each of our days.
You’re invited to link-up a brief post about a small moment of wonder. Don’t worry if your post is too long, too short, or not just right – you’re welcome to come as you are.
While you’re here, please do take a look around and encourage at least one other blogger with a comment.