through these lenses

Wanna play?

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Remember when you were a little kid, and you had toys galore and all you wanted to do was play with your friends? Oh…and the commercials…I loved watching toy commercials when I was in elementary school. Those “big kid” toys seemed so much cooler than my “little kid toys.” Oh advertising…you undoubtedly won with your catchy phrases and vibrant colors! (sing it with me now…”Skip It, Skip It, everyone wants a Skip It!”)

I was thinking about toys the other day. Just because they were looking at me, I was looking at them, and they looked like they wanted to be thought of. These were baby toys, but they were in a house that also had non-baby-ish children around. I tried to imagine one of the older daughters playing with these toys and as I snickered through that mental picture, I realized how people’s desires naturally evolve . Toy Evolution, maybe? You don’t always want to play with the jack in the box, and some day, Guess Who tournaments at sleep-overs won’t be what you live for anymore. Eventually, you end up shuffling papers, dealing with responsibility and scheduling commitments before any thoughts of hide and seek at the park enter your mind. So, we grow up. This is normal, right?

The people here fascinate me in all kinds of ways. I just might fascinate them too though. Maybe. That’s just a thought. It really means nothing…it’s only gathered from about the 82 strange looks and laughs I get each time I go somewhere. I mean, is that really enough evidence to make it more than a thought?!? ANYWAY…When a friend wants to spend time with another friend, they might say, “Do you want to play?” Even adults would say this, so it’s not just seen as a child’s wording here. When I looked this concept in the face, it seemed to look right back and stare down my “toy evolution” thoughts. The people here, (10 points to anyone who can think of a more creative way to say that. I’m getting tired of it.) they don’t seem to grow out of that ‘play’ mentality. I realize, it could just be the way they say, “let’s hang out, fellowship, spend time together, etc.” but I can’t really ignore that there might be a deeper meaning in here that Father wanted me to dig up. Maybe they don’t see papers, schedules and responsibilities like we do.

This whole mental argument between my thoughts (and boy was it a messy one, they kicked me out of the ring…and I was the referee) just sent me down What If Lane.
What if they get it over here and we just don’t in America? What if we need that ‘play’ mentality to keep us happy and from complaining? What if all those opportunities and choices we get are just ways to stress us out even more? What if…what if we lived like we enjoyed everything we did, and were allowed to do, because that’s how we were supposed to?

I wish I could say that What If Lane curved into Understanding Road for me on this one…but it’s a straightaway, and I’m still traveling on it. I just don’t want to miss out on the good, simple and restful play dates that He wants to set up for me. Maybe I can remember that forever on my own, or maybe I need to go to Toys-R-Us soon. šŸ™‚

Besides my thoughts constantly causing me to go down various streets, things have been really great lately. Emphasis on the really. and the great. Father’s been purifying my heart, blessing me with encouragement, and bringing more people to Him. Three of my deaf friends put on their swimsuits the other day and took the plunge. It was amazing. So is He.

Here are some recent shots from the past few weeks.

At a village school during lunch time, my camera seemed to be quite interesting to these cute new friends of mine.

This was just hilarious to me. A group of Asian tourists seems to be pretty common in America, but in ASIA?!?! They were all wearing their matching hats and their leader had THE flag. I LOVED this!

Beautiful, isn’t it?

This girl was VERY happy to see such a familiar name.

I still haven’t forgotten about the picture guessing game, so don’t even worry!


Written by throughtheselenses

April 5, 2008 at 12:46 pm

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  1. oh wow, i loved this. every bit.


    April 5, 2008 at 12:57 pm

  2. this whole post rules.


    April 11, 2008 at 5:05 am

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