Spring, which begins later this month, is my favorite season. Hope bursts into our awareness during spring, like daffodils pushing up through frozen ground with bright yellow blooms. As temperatures rise, fresh leaves appear on trees, and baby animals are born, the wonders of nature spark hope in our souls. Spring reminds us that we too can be renewed.
In Wake Up to Wonder, I describe how I still enjoy some of the same spring traditions I enjoyed as a child, such as visiting baby animals at a farm. I’m not ashamed that I still like to feed lambs, pet piglets, and watch ducklings waddle around! My focus isn’t on what others may think of me, but on how much wonder I enjoy from the experience. How about you? What’s one spring thing that you enjoyed as a child and wish you could still enjoy today? Whatever it is, if it’s still possible for you to do as an adult, go for it! Give yourself permission to freely enjoy that activity, and you’ll discover wonder in the process.
“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven,” Jesus says in Matthew 18:3. Childlike wonder strengthens faith, which is essential in our relationships with God. We adults can learn a lot from the curious minds and open hearts that help children experience wonder. Children are souls fresh from heaven. They naturally pursue awe because they feel the craving for wonder God has placed in everyone’s souls. As adults, we often become desensitized as we’re exposed to pain over the years and numb ourselves to cope with that pain. After a while, we can lose our ability to notice and appreciate the awe around us. The good news is that we can always wake up to wonder! Wonder leads us to God’s presence, which renews our souls with joy.
Here are 5 simple ideas for spring fun that can inspire you with wonder:
Take a wonder walk to look for new life in nature around you, engaging all your senses as you walk.
Roll down a grassy hill without worrying about staining your clothes.
Color Easter eggs – with or without children helping you.
Skip or dance down a path in a botanical garden, surrounded by spring flowers. Extra points for doing this with other adults watching you!
Blow dandelion seeds to the wind and watch them float away in their fluffy parachutes.
This month, spring yourself forward into new adventures that spark childlike wonder in your soul. Don’t hesitate to have fun like a child, no matter how old you are!