The Power of Curiosity
I recently hiked a popular north Georgia mountain. As I huffed and puffed my way along the autumn, leaf-covered trail, sticks and leaves crunched under my feet and my thoughts turned toward children. “They are curious about everything. If a child had joined me on my journey today he would be inspecting and collecting sticks and rocks and bugs and leaves.”
As we age life squashes the curiosity out of us as. We think, “I’ve seen that before. I’ve done that before. I’ve been there before.” And because we don’t expect to see anything new, we don’t see anything new.
This is tragic, because when we lose curiosity, we lose expectation and therefore we lose unbridled joy. Belief in the impossible also dies because curiosity is the stuff of anticipation. Curiosity knows that God can do “more than eyes have seen or ears have heard” (1 Corinthians 2:9).
When we are curious we are hanging on the edge of the moment and know that some new discovery is just around the corner. Curiosity pushes us to try new things. So when God calls us to walk with Him in a new way, we don’t think, “Been there; done that.” Instead, we think, “Wow! This is going to be amazing! God is going to do great things. I can’t wait!”
Without a doubt, if we allow the disappointments of life to beat the curiosity out of us, we will lose expectation that things can be different this time. We will stop believing that we can do great things for God, or that we can make a difference.
In Christ, curiosity is always available to those who dare to become like little children and believe. After all, this is the God who created the earth that hangs on nothing (Job 26:7). This is the God who created tears, laughter, babies, hummingbirds, planets, oceans, dolphins, and squirrels. This is the God who can never completely be discovered.
This is a curious God. A magnificent, joyous mystery.
Toward the end of my hike, I rounded a curve and thought, “What would you notice, Shana, if you were curious?” I bent down and picked up a single leaf. It was unlike the other leaves nearby. Its color was a beautiful, vibrant red. I studied its shape. Instantly, my curiosity was sparked. “Wow, God! Are all the leaves different, like fingerprints?” In that moment when I marveled at Him, something wonderful happened inside me.
All because I took the time to notice the greatness of God in a tiny leaf.
Will you awaken your curiosity and believe that with Him all things are possible?
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