By Darci Claggett
Cherished Women’s Blog Writer
I ran as fast as I could, arms outstretched in front of me and dove head first onto the soapy, wet tarp anchored to the hill of my backyard. Traveling at a speed that almost flung me into the forest, I flew down my homemade slip-n-slide. I tumbled and somersaulted where the tarp met the trees. With my bruised arms and grass laden body, this 41 year-old stood up with a smile and a bold sense of accomplishment. My spectators laughed.
“Darci, you’re crazy!”exclaimed my best friend. Her 4 year-old grabbed my hand, “Dawci, take me dwon the hill.” Her 8 year-old egged me on, “Do it again!” But my ‘too cool for the slip-n-slide’ teenagers said, “Mom, your slip-n-slide is lame.”
Queue the music and in 5-4-3-2-1, the teenagers were back in their caves, on their phones, posting to all of their friends, just how lame their mom really is.
How quickly we lose our perspective of life through a child’s eyes! There was a time when my teenagers would have thought my backyard creation was the coolest thing ever.
With the snap of a finger, we transition from an innocent child, to a hormonal teenager, then to an adult with endless responsibilities. Responsibilities so heavy, they weigh us down and we forget what it’s like to have child-like fun. We fall into a rut of paying bills, working, taking care of our homes, our cars, our children,….we certainly don’t have time for fun.
God never intended for us to live a rut-driven life. He never intended for us to lose sight of the world through a child’s eyes, because we are His children. The innocence and desire to have fun still lives inside us. When we look at the world through the eyes and heart of a child of God, we can shed the weight of our responsibilities, our fears, and our rigidness. We can lay our burdens at our Father’s feet so we can enjoy the life He has given us.
As we become more grounded in our Father, our lives are more relaxed, more peaceful, and more like a child, even in the middle of our responsibilities.
I imagine the Good Lord was smiling down on me that hot summer day saying, “It’s good to see my beloved daughter finally relaxing, finally living in the moment, finally being the child I’ve always wanted her to be.”
As this summer comes to an end, I pray the upcoming seasons will greet all of us with a continuing journey of slip-n-slide fun, always looking at life through the eyes of a child!
“So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can….for these are gifts from God.” Ecclesiastes 3:12,13b (NLT)