More Curiosity

Key Verse: So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. Luke 19:5. 

When we, as Americans, cross a cultural boundary, particularly an economic one, we are always struck by the generosity and joy of those who, despite not having all the material wealth we might have, are living spiritually fulfilled lives. 

Question: What happened on your mission endeavor that sparked your curiosity? 

Were you able to stay curious? How were you able to push away your doubts, anxiety, and fears so that you could be fully present? 

To be fully present to the gift of one’s self moment by moment. This is rare. But on the mission field it happens more easily. With no cell signal, no work responsibilities, or no school assignments to finish up, we were freed up to be more wholly present. 

Jesus seems to have been fully present for most of his ministry. The woman at the well (John 4:26). The rooftop paralytic (Luke 5:20). Even to crowds (Matt 12:48), A tree’d tax collector (Luke 19:5). 

Easy for the Christ, right? But what about you? You’re back home now and this is what we say to others: 

  • Getting back in the swing of things. 
  • Back to the grind 
  • Back to reality 

Back to what reality? 

Something happened to you over there, on the mission field. And you came back different. And you probably had to work really hard to back to your original rhythm. 

Why was it so hard to get back into the swing of things? 

What were you supposed to get back to? 

Of course there are responsibilities at home, at work, at school, or at church to get back to. You were supposed to come back and provide for your family or finish that degree or back to teaching that Sunday school class. 

But it might just be that all the work of your old routine is actually stuffing out the wonder that is trying at this very moment to spark a new work of curiosity right where you are. 

Curiosity didn’t kill the cat. Inertia killed the cat. Inertia is all the forces that keep someone or something from moving differently. 

Write this on a sticky note or notecard and tape it up on a mirror in your house: New To Do: 

  • Find my sense of wonder. 
  • Start my sentences with, “I’m curious...” 
  • Catch myself asking, “What in the world is that?”