"Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. If you pull the blinds on your windows, what a dark life you will have!"
An interesting thought popped into my head recently..
"Why do children stare the way they do?"
Then the next thought I thought was…
"Why do adults not stare anymore?"
So I decided to do a little digging in that department.
I came across a forum where someone had asked a similar question.
However the adults that were answering this question where rather annoyed with their children’s staring.
How it was starting to impose on their lives somehow and that it was rude.
One thing to take note is this…
"Let the children alone, don’t prevent them from coming to me. God’s kingdom is made up of people like these."
There’s something about children that captures everyone’s heart. How much more so for our dad up above (I like to call my God my dad).
Children are a delight!
They are so naturally curious!
Curiosity and creativeness are already ingrained in them, their hearts are so pure.
However, back to the forum….
Theses parents were frustrated about their children’s staring.
One parent said something along these lines
“I wanted my child to look at the sky, trees, water, plants, and rocks with wonder. But then as they grow up it goes from wonder to don’t wonder. Look but don’t look.”
Did you know that babies spend one fifth of their waking hours in focused gazing?
For me, personally, as I grew up that kind of thinking got ingrained into my psyche.
Now as I’m maturing as an artist, God is pointing out some things in my heart.
He is telling me to stare, stare wide eyed, and be a child again.
A little side note-
-When teaching kids how to create, or rather letting them create, its important to not tell them what to draw, or how to do it, or what it will end up like in the end.
Their natural interests are valid and they need to be pursued. Its a desire.
It’s like going to a library and the kid just naturally finding books that take their notice.
As a parent, wouldn’t it be odd if your kid asked you over and over “ Is this the right book? Should I get more music books, science books, nature books?”
You would ultimately say, but politely, “ I don’t know don’t you have a brain up there? Pick out books you like, its okay too.”
The books they pick out give you a window into who they are. Likewise the things people say and do give insight into their way of thinking.
I think its safe to say that he wants my curiosity about his wonders to be my guide. Wherever it leads me, because it leads back to him in the end, he created everything the books are based off of in the library anyway.
I sometime ask him, “Dad, what do you want me to draw? What is the best way to draw it? Is this right? Am I doing it right?!”
And he is like “I gave you this desire to investigate and find wonder. I want you to be confident in pursuing it. Just do it. Stop asking me is it right….It’s not going to change how I feel about you :)”
No wonder why I don’t really hear anything from him in that department…
He is already screaming at me to just naturally pursue what I find beautiful…. through that chase I learn more about him, because then it becomes my own personal pursuit and mine alone.
Which makes our relationship personal and intimate.
I keep getting sidetracked lol…
but my main point is what does it mean to “have our eyes open wide in wonder?”
Sounds like staring..
Lets look up what it means in a strong’s concordance…
the transliteration for stare is atenzio..
Which means to stretch or strain. So to be stretched wide. It also means to take much delight.
And the definition for wide is fully open or extended; arms outstretched to the fullest extent.
To be extending over a great distance from side to side.
In Hebrew wide is rachab.
To enlarge, rejoice, speak boldly; open wide.
“….open wide your mouth and I will fill it.”
“…If you open your eyes wide in wonder…”
Its pretty interesting…
I thought I would share though.
I really don’t know where I’m going with this… I really love to ramble about God :)
Draw from what you like….what books does that inner child like to pick out in the library.
Stop denying the pleasure of your inner child.
My inner desire is whatever my dad wants. And he just wants intimacy with me. So I go off of that~