Why are you crying? My husband asked me this recently. It was a good question, because it was an odd place to shed tears. I was at the entrance of the Children’s Museum in Indianapolis. Even more odd, perhaps, was the reason I was crying. I was crying because I saw Bumble Bee. The transformer. The huge robot transformer from the movies.
Yes. I cried when I saw a transformer. Why?
Because my son LOVES transformers. At our house, anything that serves more than one purpose, or can change from one thing to another, or has a part of any sort that moves, is lumped into the transformer category. Tape measures, old cameras, USB drives, anything. He even has a huge envelope filled with “paper transformers” (otherwise known as paper airplanes).
So, when we walked into the museum and saw Bumble Bee, I immediately looked at my son. I observed the look on his face. It was priceless. It was one of those looks that perfectly captures the joy that can be found in a single moment; a moment when you become so enraptured by what is around you that everything else ceases to exist.
We were both having one of those moments. Cameron was enraptured by Bumble Bee. I was enraptured by Cameron.
The tears were because my joy became so full that it had to spill out. I love that the words that best describe these moments have the word “full” in them. Cameron was joyful. It was delightful. We were both full.
Many moments in life do not feel full. Usually that is because we are not fully present.
We spend so much of our time half-present. We are working on the computer while kids play in the next room. Or checking text messages while at the dinner table. Or daydreaming about the next thing we need to do while we still working on something else.
We think it’s doing lots of things that will make us feel full. But really, all it takes is a moment. We cheat ourselves out of those moments when we are distracted. We miss out on opportunities to be enraptured by the simple joys of life.
I believe delightful moments of joyfulness are a glimpse at the divine. I think this is especially true when we become filled with joy by witnessing the joy of another. It reflects the character of a God who rejoices over his children.
The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. – Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. - James 1:17
I hope for many more full moments in my days. Even if they lead to tears in odd places. It's worth it.