A call to attentiveness
On a fall drive to school with my young triplets many years ago one of my daughters exclaimed, "WOW!" right in the middle of my prayer. I paused (after several previous discussions about not interrupting during prayers) to ask her what was going on. She said, “Mom, did you see that amazing tree?” Sure enough, I looked behind me to see the most vibrantly red tree I had ever seen. I had driven right past, every day that week. That comment lead in to a wonderful discussion about who had made that tree so amazing, and how much our God would have loved her enthusiastic exclamation about His creation. He would not see it as an interruption as I did, but rather I imagine, as the most beautiful kind of prayer. The most genuine. The conversation was also one of the very first times I can remember stopping to ponder how little I stop in my day-to-day life to exclaim, “Wow” to a gift I notice. It was one of the very first times I recall thinking how much I must miss by just driving past. It was one of the very first times I recall hearing a call to attentiveness, through the voice of small daughter.