Does anyone else have children who are amused with trash? Before having kids I had heard that kids would play with the wrapping paper and box rather than the shiny new toy. I never knew how true that was until our one year old celebrated her birthday and Christmas three days apart from each other. Yeah, and did I mention she is the first grandchild on both sides of the family? It was like Santa’s Workshop threw up in three different living rooms in the course of three separate days! But the best part was she found a little piece of sticky tape on one box and proceeded to play with it for the entire day with Grandma and Grandpa! It would stick to noses and toes and belly buttons and and crinkle a little just for extra fun. So the coolest new toys were packed into our car to take home pretty much untouched while she clutched her little piece of tape.
“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” -C.S. Lewis
Laura’s love of her little piece of tape reminds me so much of this C.S. Lewis quote. I can see when Laura does something silly like highly regarding a piece of tape over amazing well crafted toys. I can see it when others seem to hold certain ambitions or dreams above finding their true fulfillment in Christ. It is so easy to see how everyone else does this and so hard to see myself do this. Surely I don’t fall into this trap of being too easily pleased or amused by worldly trash when God offers far better! Oh wait, I fall into that trap all the time. Others (like my husband) can see when fail to set my eyes on Christ and try to fulfill my desires in earthly fashions. It doesn’t turn out well for anyone!
I think about all the times I happily scroll down my Pinterest page or my Facebook page to wile away a few minutes (*cough* opps, hours!) of time. Then I complain because I have no time to study Scripture or to pray or do anything that would allow me to draw nearer my Lord. I’m not saying Pinterest is evil, I’m saying how I manage my time with the Lord needs redemption. I am pleased with earthly trash and yet fall asleep reading the Bible in less than a minute because I have done nothing to cultivate that vibrant relationship with God.
Think of it this way, it can be fun to read love letters that old couples wrote years ago to each other. The cute ways they express their love will interest us for a bit but soon we will be bored because we don’t understand all the little jokes they reference in the letters nor will we be pleased that it is not us receiving the ardent love declarations. On the other hand, I love re reading the love letters from my husband over and over again. I know what he is referencing outside of the letters and I know that every declaration of love mentioned in there is for me and only me. 🙂 (Can you tell I am a romantic at heart? ❤ )
Now view the Bible as God’s love letter to us. It will only capture our attention fully when we are fully seeking to know and be known by the Author. Then His pleasures and desires will become our own. No more delight over pieces of tape but instead a true understanding of the joy of what God gives us!
How do you seek to guard against loving “trash” in your life over seeking God? Let me know in the comments! Talk to you again soon!
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