A few days ago, while on a walk with my three year old granddaughter, she was picking dandelions, "for my family", she said.
One for Daddy, one for Mommy, one for herself, and one for baby sister.
Within a minute or two, she had switched to picking up rocks, and the dandelions were forgotten.
Soon she had a whole collection of rocks,
"This one is shaped like a pizza, Nana!",
a few pinecones,
and a stick,
"This stick would be good to play fetch with a dog.
I have a dog, but I think my dog's fetchin' brain is broke."
(She has a very old and tired pug dog.)
Anyway, soon she had gathered a "collection", enough bits and pieces of this and that from our walk that it filled a gift bag, which she proudly took home with her to show her mama.
Everything was so interesting, so fascinating to her, everything was a treasure.
I think that's how God created us to see things.
Unfortunately, we lose our childlikeness, and with it, our sense of wonder and appreciation.
We stop noticing and delighting in God's gifts.
I've been keeping a gratitude journal for three years now.
It's life changing.
I'm seeing the wonder all around me and I've gathered quite a "collection".
My gift bag is overflowing.