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Groucho Marx once said, "Time flies like an arrow.  Fruit flies like a banana."  More than ever, I can relate to this statement.

 

I find it almost impossible to believe that our daughter is nearly 14 months old.  In fact, I would almost believe that time has stood still for at least the last 10 months, except that the dark circles of exhaustion under my eyes keep getting darker, and the calendar on my computer keeps changing and getting farther and farther away from the dates of my previous musings.  So, the world keeps moving on, even though I feel stuck in a weird time warp.  Time does fly like an arrow. 

 

And as I sit back in awe-struck (and, occasionally, slightly irritated) observation as our daughter delights in learning the various properties of the foods she eats (i.e, how they taste, how they squish in her fingers, how they smear on her tray, and what sound they make when flung down to my freshly mopped floor), I can appreciate the sentiment that fruit flies like a banana.

 

I'm awe-struck because I realize that Cadee is learning about everything she encounters for the very first time.  It can be a humbling experience to witness such growth as she learn how water splashes, how sand feels beneath her feet, how the world takes on a different view when standing on her own two feet.  Brushing teeth can be amusing, and books are no less interesting just because all the legs on the pop-up spider have been pulled off by curious hands.

 

Sometimes I get philosophical, wondering what it would be like to encounter things for the first time again.  I've often said to my first-time-pregnant friends that I wish I could go back and experience Cadee's delivery again, so that I could truly digest that amazing moment with a more present sense of awareness.  I guess it's the old, "knowing what I know now..." adage.

 

And yet, I know, that on a daily basis we can still encounter things for the first time again.  Life in Christ calls us to a life of faith and obedience, a willingness to step into the unknown with trust and confidence in God.  In God, all things are made new, and, as children on the journey of faith, our eyes are daily opened to the wonder that is all around us.

 

Grace and peace to you as you journey.

Yours in Christ,  

~~Jennifer

6/25/08

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