The girls, age 3 and 5, snuggle together on a Sunday afternoon and watch a favorite Disney movie for the twentieth time, maybe more.
The movie finishes and Dad asks, “How was the movie, girls?”
The older daughter dances through a doorway. “It was amazing!” she says.
Dad and I exchange smiles and twinkling eyes. Oh to be five and declare such adoration for a story seen again and again and again.
Yet, isn’t it what we need sometimes? To stop seeing the world through our adult eyes with duties, obligations and to-do lists. To return to our five-year-old eyes full of wonder, fairy tales and the joy of simple things like stories and jokes and tricks done again and again and again.
We discuss in my Bible study group the failure of the Israelites to remember the magnificent things God has done. We all know well enough not to criticize the desert wanderers, for we, too, forget.
Psalm 78 describes the many things God did, how He provided and preformed miracles, yet the people rebelled and sinned against Him. The same passage talks of telling the next generation of the wonders God has done, so they, too, will follow God and not forget Him.
1 My people, hear my teaching;
listen to the words of my mouth.
2 I will open my mouth with a parable;
I will utter hidden things, things from of old—
3 things we have heard and known,
things our ancestors have told us.
4 We will not hide them from their descendants;
we will tell the next generation
the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD,
his power, and the wonders he has done.
5 He decreed statutes for Jacob
and established the law in Israel,
which he commanded our ancestors
to teach their children,
6 so the next generation would know them,
even the children yet to be born,
and they in turn would tell their children.
7 Then they would put their trust in God
and would not forget his deeds
but would keep his commands.
8 They would not be like their ancestors—
a stubborn and rebellious generation,
whose hearts were not loyal to God,
whose spirits were not faithful to him.
How can we tell the next generation if we do not write things down? And how can we write things down if we do not first recognize God’s wonders? And so begins Magnificence Mondays, a day to share a story, a photo, a moment, a painting … whatever we can think of that will help us remember the magnificence of God! It can be a circumstance where God provided, an amazement at His creation, a story of God’s love.
Each Monday, I will [try] to post something that makes me praise God’s magnificence. You can join along! Share something on your own blog or in the comments on the weekly post. It will be a collection to pass on to the next generation — and a reminder for ourselves — of the wonderful things God has done for us.