Unbridled Joy

January 11, 2013 in Five Minute Friday

Children's joyTheir unabashed joy makes us smile. Watching my toddler squeal over the bin of snow I brought in for her to play with is unnerving because I rarely have that enthusiasm. Initially the squeal is for excitement. She sticks in a finger, giggles and runs to me for reassurance. She returns, puts both hands in, starts scooping snow into the tiny bucket. Later, after a quick waddle for gloves, she frowns at  the dirty water in the bucket, tosses it out unto the kitchen floor with distaste and begins tunneling.All this joy over a bin of snow in the middle of a kitchen- a bin I provided because I hate the cold.

Toddlers are like this though, they dive in without fear, thrill at the ordinary, laugh with their mouths facing the sky. They coo wonderment at things we forgot were awesome. And then suddenly, their fear astounds us. A little push by a passing child knocks them sideways and the thrilling slide is more like a fire breathing dragon. We try to help them overcome the fear, climbing up the play structure again and again to demonstrate, with exaggerated silliness, how fun the slide can be. And we try because we know, the more they learn about the world, the less likely they will be to dive in. If only we could preserve their unrestricted enthusiasm for life….

Fear, intimidation, knowledge of risk, familiarity, they steal our ability to dive into much of anything. And because our toddler’s delight speaks reminders to our soul, we remember the unrestrained joy of childhood and small, unbridled moments remind us to dive into life.  Lord, help me to abandon caution and barrel down the slide after you.

 

Joining other friends who delight in words today at Lisa Jo’s, today’s five minute writing prompt: dive.

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Lizzy January 11, 2013 at 11:47 am

‘Toddlers are like this though, diving in without fear, laughing with their mouths facing the sky. They coo wonderment at things we forgot were awesome.’ – Love this!!

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Nikki January 11, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Oh my goodness gracious YES! Father, let me go down the slide head first….for You alone.
He’s worth it.

This was beautiful, Laura!

hurts my heart to see how timid my 4 year old is…because where can he go from there? praying for guidance, strength, and courage from the top of the slide…

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pruningprincesses January 11, 2013 at 11:03 pm

Nikki my second girl was timid. Scared of all men but her father. Holding tightly to my hand anywhere we went. Rarely speaking to those she didn’t know well. She is eight now and you wouldn’t recognize her personality: boisterous, well-liked, friendly, talkative (okay not at first) and bold . Keep praying, keep pushing the boundaries of what he is comfortable with. A 4-year-old timidity is not a life sentence.

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Alia Joy January 11, 2013 at 7:50 pm

I have a three year old and I always find it fascinating watching how he takes in the world around him. How he navigates the world around him and it both tentative and fearless vacillating between clinging to my legs and burying his face in my thigh to running wild and free without a care in the world. And I think we should probably be a healthy mix of both. Clinging close to God and yet being assured that we can trust and be fearless. I love where the word prompt took you today. Thanks for sharing your 5 minutes and it was fun to chat at the party!

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Nataline January 11, 2013 at 11:42 pm

Headfirst down the slide after God. Following Him with abandon and joy! I love it, and I bet it is following like this that leads to great joy! Thanks for your post.

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Christina Morley January 13, 2013 at 10:42 am

Hi Laura! Thanks for your comment dated 4 weeks ago on Happy Moms, Happy Homes! I’m still trying to catch up on old emails, but I do need to update that blog of mine. I’m so far behind. Ugh! I loved this post and have tweeted it.

Missing the snow and wishing my kids had more of these experiences!

I am more up to date on my blog, Amanda’s Books and More, and would love for you to visit at
http://abooksandmore.blogspot.com

Tina from sunny South Africa

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pruningprincesses January 13, 2013 at 5:15 pm

Thank you Christina for sharing this post. I am so glad you enjoyed it. Do you ever participate in Lisa Jo’s Five Minute Friday? It is so fun and I’ve met so many inspiring bloggers. This post was a Five Minute Friday post–I like them because I don’t have time to think too long about it, straight from the heart. You should join us!

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Christina Morley January 13, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Nope! It sounds like fun. I’ll check it out. Thanks!

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