It seems like this young lamb can see me very clearly and is aware, and yet the mother seems oblivious.
How true sometimes in life that children can see God clearly, they can sense his presence when we are rushing through life trying to get things in place to provide for our children, but in effect they are focussed on enjoying every moment, experiencing every moment – they do not worry.
At what point do they start to pick up on our stress and worry to get them through exams and for them to have a good future before they start to worry and get stressed and before we know it, they are not children and we have led them astray.
A child said today “I can’t do this!” in a very stressed voice, when all he had to do was play three notes. Later in the day I heard the story of an armless man who took months to train himself to open a jar of jam with his feet, who would never admit defeat and was committed to achieving what he set out to do.
Earlier with the child, only when I took the child aside and showed him the task, and laughed, and then reassured him “don’t worry, what’s the worse that could happen? You could play the wrong note, but only by making mistakes can we play the right notes”. He then was able to relax and play the passage. You see he was picking up on my worry that he wouldn’t be able to do it initially but when I reassured him it was just a bit of fun and okay to get it wrong, then he went forward and achieved.
Children see clearly!
They see our stress, our emotions clearer than any lie detector, and they see our lies, our false concern if we show it.
For I know the plans I have for you,
declares the Lord,
plans for welfare and not for evil,
to give you a future and a hope
So let us go forward in truth and in the light having hope that God has planned a wonderful adventure for each of us, we just have to grasp it.
Dear Lord, thank you for your voice today in teaching me to rely fully on your truth and calmness and than we need to project your love onto the children that are entrusted to us in our daily walk.