35. A Walk in the Woods

The “Spy” and his friend walking in the woods today:

Little Explorers

Little Explorers

Can I come too?

Can I come too?

Woods

Woods

They found a big feather and a good-sized bone:

Finder's keepers

Finder’s keepers

Pretending to cross a raging river

Pretending to cross a raging river

Clearing under the power lines

Clearing under the power lines

A clear, crisp day with fall colors appearing:

Leaves

Leaves

Changing colors

Changing colors

A type of aster?

A type of aster?

Another type of aster?

Another type of aster?

Eliza Waters recently did a post on asters, and I was surprised to learn there are at least 50 varieties! I don’t know too much about wild flowers, so basically any flower I see in the woods blooming late in summer/early fall I’ll refer to as “Another Type of Aster?” hahaha

Some type of nightshade?

Some type of nightshade?

I’ve seen these fruiting plants along our street this summer. The foliage looks like an eggplant (you can’t tell this as the foliage in the one pictured is quite withered).

Natural Halloween decor!

Natural Halloween decor!

A large tree

A large tree

Another view

Another view

Great day for a walk in the woods!

Great day for a walk in the woods!

A few Sundays ago I wrote a little devotional and said it would be a new Sunday tradition. I only did it the one time so I’ll try again today! One of the verses we read today at church was…

Matthew 18:1-4

At the time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

Reading this made me wonder for what childish qualities should we strive? Do children follow with a “blind” faith, accepting truth without any doubts? I don’t think so. My kids are curious and rarely accept something as “truth” without questions, discussions and considerations.

Do they test limits and feel tempted by sin in the same way as adults? Are they more eager to please? More willing to help?

How are children humble? Aren’t they egocentric little beasts? “IT’S MINE!” (and so forth) (especially here thinking of a two year old) hahaaaha. Maybe they aren’t humble in regards to their human relationships, but in how they view the world or truth?

Is it just that they always seem to be seeking truth?

I will have to continue to think about the ideal traits we should strive for to “become like children” to more fully answer that question. I do know that kids don’t have to remind themselves to stay “in the moment”. They notice the details of each step and sight and approach their surroundings with wide-eyed wonder. So how can that approach be applied to an adult’s spirituality? I’m not entirely sure, but tagging along for a walk in the woods with the boys is a glimpse of the world through littler eyes (and a good place to start)!

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