While recently relocating, my two grand-daughters, a 3 year-old and an 8 month-old, along with my daughter and her husband moved in with us. Overnight the quiet of an empty nest
transformed to the chaos of life with little ones. One forgets: Kids are on the go from the
moment their little heads pop up from the pillow. They wake up curious.
Here’s the first few minutes with our three-year old:
What are we going to do today?
Can you play with me?
Where is Grandpa?
When can we play play-dough?
How do we get to the play-ground?
Why does the wind blow my hat off?
The questions are endless. And so is her imagination. In the span of an hour, she plays Anna from Frozen, Peter or Wendy from Peter Pan or any number of characters from Spidey. Even as I write, roaring and commotion ensue!
The eight month-old seems even more curious. Constantly on high alert, she listens to every
sound and word. She notices every toy, every food item, every wall outlet. With gusto she
explores, crawls and stumbles over, under, around, up and down everything in order to get to and be near her big sister. She absorbs her sis’s business. She seeks to experience all the things her big sister experiences.
The curiosity of these two is AMAZING! It’s non-stop. It’s tireless. It has no end.
Curiosity is key to learning and growing, knowing and enjoying. A gift. American motivational writer and speaker, William Arthur Ward, quipped:
Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning.
Similarly, curiosity is key to knowing and enjoying God through the Bible. When curious to
know God, we will hunger and thirst to be near Him, to get into His business. With gusto we
will explore, crawl and stumble over, under, around, up and down and all around the Scriptures in order to know and enjoy Him.
In Acts 17:11, Luke tells us:
"Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures everyday to see if what Paul said was true."
The Bereans woke-up curious! Daily. Interested and inquisitive, with eagerness and gusto, they examined and snooped and searched and questioned the Scriptures in order to better understand Jesus and the Good News message they had received. Curious minds want to know! Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning. The same holds true for knowing and enjoying God.
In George MacDonald’s Unspoken Sermons, he describes two different disciples, the eager and the dull. What makes for a dull disciple? One not curious to ask God questions. According to MacDonald, an aspiring or eager disciple asks God questions about the Bible:
Questions imply answers. He [God] has put the questions in my heart; he holds the answers in his. I will seek them from him… I will seek until I find.
Friend, let’s learn to be curious. Like we are kids again. As His little ones, draw near. Ask God questions about His Word and with gusto seek to be in His business.
Lord God, thank You for the gift of curiosity. Give us curious minds and hearts to know You. May we, like David, earnestly seek you, thirst for you, and have hearts for You… with gusto.
O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. Psalm 63:1
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