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Seeing with a Child’s Eye

When I look at a patch of dandelions, I see a bunch of weeds that are going to take over my yard. My kids see flowers for Mom and blowing white fluff you can wish on.

When I hear music I love, I know I can’t carry a tune and don’t have much rhythm so I sit self-consciously and listen. My kids feel the beat and move to it. They sing out the words. If they don’t know them, they make up their own.

When I feel wind on my face, I brace myself against it. I feel it messing up my hair and pulling me back when I walk. My kids close their eyes, spread their arms and fly with it, until they fall to the ground laughing.

When I pray, I say thee and thou and grant me this, give me that, etc. My kids say, “Hi God! Thanks for my toys and my friends. Please keep the bad dreams away tonight. Sorry, I don’t want to go to Heaven yet. I would miss my Mommy and Daddy.”

When I see a mud puddle, I step around it. I see muddy shoes and dirty carpets. My kids sit in it. They see dams to build, rivers to cross and worms to play with.

When I look at an old drunk and he smiles at me, I see a smelly, dirty person who probably wants money and I look away. My kids see someone smiling at them and they smile back.

I wonder if we are given kids to teach or to learn from?

No wonder God says that unless we become like little children, we shall not inherit the Kingdom of God.

by Mumbi Vickie Ngangu

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4 comments

  1. This message caused me to weep partly with joy & partly because I could see myself as an adult who is missing out when I don’t allow my child in me, to fly with the eagles. It brought back memories of my childhood, of my adult children, & now my grandchildren. I love watching the FREEDOM with which they sing & dance & play. It also reminded me of a wonderful movie I just saw…”Summer Snow,” that I rented from the library. It speaks directly to this through a very special little girl. Thank you Jesus for waking up the child in me that you created even before I was in my mother’s womb! Glory to God!!!

  2. So,so true we become too choosie and miss out on graces we could have received in the most simplest thiings in life.Jesus anoint my eyes so that I can see through the eyes of a child.Amen

  3. The message is so true and sometimes I think we(parents)need to step back a lil and learn from our children, they really can teach us a lot about how to “simplify” LIFE…
    They don’t see color, shape or size of a person, just what radiates from their heart.


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