Little Doses of June / "WOW"

A Little Dose of June

Each time I go to visit our two year old Grandson, Caby Baby, I take him for a walk outside. I have to do everything “under the sun”; meaning, read the Bible, eat all meals, drink my morning coffee, sip on a glass of ice cold sweet tea, and even talk to my dear friends and family on the phone, OUTSIDE!  So, I’m sure to pass this love of nature on to the grandchildren as I have already succeeded with my children.

On a recent visit, my husband and I decide to take Caby for a walk toward the local beach area near his house. As we begin our journey to the sea, Caby abruptly stops, reaches down and from deep in his gut shouts “WWWOOOWWW!!!”, for all he was worth, as he picks up a dead leaf. I didn’t say a stunning butterfly nor a brightly colored caterpillar; hardly not, I said a dead leaf. Over and over again, our little grandson was picking up dead leaves as fast as his little baby hands would let him. Each time he preceded his discovery with, “WWWOOOWWW!!!” 

Watching my grandson’s spectacular response to the routinely overlooked decaying foliage, I gave pause as my mind pondered what it meant to be “WWWOOOWWWED!” by God’s forgotten creation.

A couple of weeks later my husband and I went out to a dear friend’s memorial; for it would have been his twenty- third birthday. As I stood at the monument, I prayed for the precious family that had suffered much loss, and asked God what I could leave as a “special” remembrance at the grave site. I looked down and saw many dead leaves and stones. Then It clicked…the dead leaves…Caby being so “WOWED” by such a trivial thing.  Ever so gently and reverently I bent down, grabbed the large dead leaf beside my foot and placed it on the memorial with a stone to hold it securely. And with immense respect and all the adult voice I could project, I bellowed, “WWWOOOWWW!!!” For I knew at that precise moment, our precious friend who had crossed over to LIFE eternal had yet to stop saying “WWWOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!” since his awaking in Heaven!

We left amidst tears of pain, yet a supernatural peace had found us through the innocence of a child’s appreciation of all of God's creation; even that of a dead leaf. Our Caby had shown us a little bit of Heaven right here on the pavement of Earth. 

“Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” (Mark 10:15)