When most of us look at an object, we see that object. Sometimes it remains an object, with no need for further thought. Sometimes we see something and consider its usefulness, its function, and whether or not we have need for it. For a few moments, that object gets our attention, but usually only in regards to whether or not it is useful to us.
Other times, we see something and there is an instant connection, a memory, a story. This is the kind of seeing where the heart steps in. The object we see is certainly important, but we are seeing it in a deeper way, with our hearts instead of our eyes. I think all of us have the ability to see deeper into something that might easily be missed. It is that kind of seeing and awakening that gives us goosebumps, brings a tear to our eye, and causes artists to create.
It is that kind of seeing and awakening that changes us and can change the world.
“A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.”
As a child, I was surrounded by books. In hindsight, I see that many of those books created an interest and love of wonder, and gave me an outlet to both. There were a lot of hippie 70s books in the mix, as well as The Giving Tree, lots of books about faith and service, everything by C.S. Lewis and Madeleine L’Engle, and at least five copies of The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint–Exupéry.
The Little Prince is one of those books that changes for the reader with each season of life. I think I understood edges of it as a child when my father read it to me, but the story wove its way into my heart as I got older and understood it more deeply. Still, it was a book that was and is greatly loved in my family.
Earlier this summer, my husband and I heard about a Netflix Original Film version of The Little Prince. I admit to being skeptical, as I couldn’t imagine a movie truly capturing the heart of this beautiful story.
“All grown-ups were once children…but only few of them remember it.”
What the creators of the movie did is absolutely brilliant. By creating a story around the original story, they actually made the original story even more amazing. I am not sure I can say that about any other book turned into a movie. The soundtrack by Hans Zimmer matches the movie so sensitively.
If your heart needs something to lean into right now, if you need to be reminded of the importance of slowing down, if your wonder-meter is low, please watch this movie. My family has watched it many times in the past few months and my daughters have wanted everyone they care about to see it. It is the kind of movie we will return to again and again, and its message, its wonder, is so needed.
The movie also gave me a beautiful opportunity to talk about heaven with my oldest daughter. The first time we watched it, she looked over at me with tears running down her face. “I think I am crying because that was so beautiful, but I also really want to talk about heaven.” And so we did. Faith and wonder walk beside each other, in my experience. This movie provided a beautiful outlet to talk about both.
We talked about wonder in the ordinary…a flower, the stars, other people, and how we think those things are God’s voice. I told her about my dreams of heaven when I was a child, including a huge campfire with everyone I ever knew around it, all of us sharing stories and song. Every time we watch the movie together our conversation deepens a little bit more. I learn more about her heart, her questions about life, her faith, and we spend beautiful time talking about the things that are deeply within us, yet hard to fully grasp.
If you haven’t read the book, I hope you will. If you haven’t watched the movie, please do. And, if you care to, post here to let us know what you thought about it. Wonder creates wonder.
“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”