I downloaded a song that has really spoken to my heart. My nine year old son loves the song too. We listen to it together, and we discuss the spiritual themes.
One morning while cooking breakfast, I had the song on repeat on my phone. My kids patiently sat in their chairs at the breakfast table, as I scrambled up some eggs and ham for them. I could tell that they enjoyed the song, since they were each waiting quietly for breakfast.
The song finally ended after about five repeats, and my son suddenly said, “Turn off the song, Mom! I don’t want to listen to it again.”
I know my son. I’m aware that the song is still fresh and beautiful to him. So I had a sneaking suspicion about why he wanted me to turn off the music. I pushed the stop button on my phone and asked, “Why don’t you want to listen to the song anymore?”
My theory was correct. He said, “Because I don’t want to get tired of the song. I like it, but if you play it too much, I will get used to it.”
Thus the temptation people face in life: we struggle not to take things for granted. We get accustomed to people, places, situations and things; and we lose the luster of our original feelings of awe and adoration.
It takes work to keep the emotional “wow factor” alive. But I think humility plays a big part in maintaining our childlike wonderment. Once we admit that our understanding is not the end-all, we can eagerly look forward to experiencing, learning and discovering more.
This is especially true for our relationship with Jesus. We can’t allow our relationship with Him to stagnate. The more we grow in our intimacy with our Savior, the more we realize that He is so wonderfully beyond our full comprehension. How could we ever take an all-ecompasing God for granted?
When we seek Him everyday, we begin to recognize that there is so much more to understand about His character, His love and His Kingdom. Knowing God is a never-ending journey that we all can look forward to.
“But those who wish to boast
should boast in this alone:
that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord
who demonstrates unfailing love
and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth,
and that I delight in these things.
I, the Lord, have spoken!”
– Jeremiah 9.24 (NLT)