In the Brennan Manning text, The Importance of Being Foolish, he begins a number of reflections seeking to discern how to think like Jesus. I will be traveling down this road with this text as my guide, and see what can be discovered. I hope you will enjoy the journey.
In the section entitled “Loss of Wonder” Manning writes,
“To become a little child again (as Jesus enjoined we must) is to recapture a sense of surprise, wonder and vast delight in all of reality…. We have become jaded, incapable of wonder and awe. This lessening of impressionability may be a sign of maturity, a necessary and healthy consequence of progress. But I tend to think it betrays a loss of equilibrium. A truly balanced person retains a capacity for wonder and the willingness to express it in the very confession of creaturehood, the spontaneous acknowledgment that he is a human being and not a god, a being with limitations who, far from having embraced infinity, is happily and hopelessly engulfed by it.”
A thought – a few years ago in another time and life it seems and at a time when little ones were not my favorite people to spend time with (because I didn’t know how) – God opened this door for teaching Sunday School class for 4 and 5 year olds.
There were times when I really felt the fool – worldly sense – spending time in the Word, attending seminary, writing and such things and from time to time being face to face with that sense of surprise, wonder and awe, and a sense of that childlike faith (and sometimes it made me weep over my utter lack of sense) from those 4 and 5 year olds.
You have to wonder at it all. I wonder if our quest for maturity, our quest for knowledge and dissolving all the mysteries of the world, our relentless pursuit of progress, whatever that may be, the result isn’t simply that loss of equilibrium, but also a hardening of our hearts.
You have to feel like Nicodemus when told he would need to be born again. He said in response, ““How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Maybe we can talk about that some day?
What do you think?
Be blessed and be a blessing.