When you wave at someone, hopefully they will wave back, right? Now, everyone has experienced ‘those people’ who, for some reason, do not. This makes absolutely no sense to me. In fact, when I worked in a school I would experience this quite often with my coworkers, in terms of ‘saying hi.’ Ok, here’s the scenario, tell me if this has happened to you. It’s you and ‘this person’ walking towards each other on opposite sides of the hallway (staying in your own lanes). At the socially appropriate time, you look up to make eye contact and either smile or say hello, depending on the social expectation. The time has come…you look up…and…wait for it…NOPE- denied! What? Does this person not have peripheral vision? They obviously saw me, right? The width of this hallway is not that big. I always wish I had the guts to turn around and say ‘Hey, YOU have a great day now.” (I wouldn’t be sarcastic, really!)
So, if we expect other humans to ‘wave back,’ would you ever wave to something that cannot ‘wave back?’ For instance, you’re driving in a car and read a billboard you find to be entertaining, so you decide to give it a wave (a little kudos, if you will). How about pushing your cart in the grocery store and seeing a sale that excites you a bit. You are happy to see it. Sweet! Two for one on Oreos! Bring on the brown teeth and milk! Would you then decide to wave at the pallet of packages? …as if to say ‘Nice to see ya, good deal.’
Ok- NO! Never.
You only wave at living beings.
So, this being said, I think I may have just come up with a very solid argument for all of those people out there that deny the existence of God…especially regarding the belief that God is not only our creator, but also our father and friend.
Stick with me here, people.
I thought about this while I was visiting Daniel-Ville the other day. If you have not yet visited ‘Put Me in the Zoo’ do it NOW! This blog is authored by a guy named Daniel. It is excellent – a refreshing mix of insights, creativity, and truth. The entry I was reading had to do with a recent experience Daniel had at church. He actually saw a child wave to God. As the pastor preached to the 40-some elementary children about worship, he shared with the kids that,
‘Worship is something that happens with both your heart (Spirit) and your mind (Truth). You don’t just believe it in your head, but you long for it in your soul. You respond to God, both mentally and spiritually. Some people say they love God, but only think about Him on Sundays. To really worship Him, though, you have to truly love Him and think about Him continuously. We can and should worship God anytime, and anywhere!’
As the pastor was sharing these insights, Daniel said that he looked next to him and saw a ‘precocious seven-year-old’ wave to God.
‘Earnestly and without pretense, he just lifted his hand up toward the ceiling, and waved. And I’m sure God waved back. If you want to know what a real relationship with God is like, that’s it. That is true worship. Look no further than the heart of a child.’
So, there you have it folks. Thousands of years of debate, hundreds of books on the subject, and the answer lies in that seven-year-old’s wave. As the pastor had explained it, this boy was truly ‘responding to God, both mentally and spiritually.’
He is waving back, I am sure of that!