A new month means a new series and this month’s is a prequel to what’s coming in September: education, a theme very close to my heart. I think that a cornerstone of education is exploration: wanting to know the what’s, why’s, and how’s of existence on this planet called earth.
Children are born with an innate desire to explore. Everything is new to them and guiding their explorations can make the world a brand new place for their teachers. Every first is a new first for me with each child: the first encounter with bubbles makes bubbles all the more wonderful; the first look at the Christmas tree is more magical each year; the first trip to the zoo is greater in its excitement. And as their vocabulary grows and minds develop the discoveries do too.
“How does the soap dispenser open up in the dishwasher?”
“What makes cars move?”
“Why do bees pollinate?”
“Where does the water go when it goes down the drain?”
“How does bacteria get inside of us?”
“What is an idol?”
“Why do bad guys have birthdays?”
“How can a bad guy love Jesus?”
Each question makes me explore the world a little deeper myself. I realize that I have settled with what I already know while life beckons with greater mysteries I have yet to discover. I have an inkling that there are many great adventures ahead as the exploring continues- both in our physical world and in our faith.
Is there still an explorer within your heart?