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Through Little Eyes

Through Little Eyes

Before our children entered the scoot-around, get-into-everything stage, I would crawl around on all fours in order to childproof our home. It was a great way to gain perspective into their little worlds and to see things on their level. But as the girls grew, I realized that babyhood isn’t the only time to look through a child’s eyes.

Sometimes, moms are so busy training, instructing, and sharing our bits of wisdom, we forget that our children have a lot to teach us—if we’ll take the time to learn. Their fresh, innocent way of viewing the world reminds us to enjoy the little moments. And what seems ordinary to us becomes spectacular from a child’s perspective.

On a family trip to the county fair, my husband and I pointed to the flashy sights around us, but our almost two-year-old daughter wasn’t impressed. She gazed at the merry-go-round and the Ferris wheel with their dazzling lights and near-deafening music and she simply stared.

As we began to walk away, our little one became more animated. She wriggled in my husband’s arms and pointed. “Ook, ook!” (Tiny-speak for “look”) Our family laughed together and joined our toddler in pointing at the large sparkling rides, but she wasn’t satisfied with our reaction.

She squirmed even more and shouted above the surrounding chaos. “Mama, ook! Da moon!

There, above the gaudy chaos of manmade attractions, hung a reminder of true beauty and magnificence. In the most surreal of moments, our little family stood in the middle of a carnival and admired God’s creation—through the eyes of a child.

Children remind us to laugh, no—giggle. They encourage us to put the lawn chair away and to run, jump, skip, twirl, and maybe attempt a cartwheel or two. They help us rediscover the simple joys of the sun on our face and grass under bare feet.

But more importantly, children teach us about God. They prove that little bodies can have big faith. They show us how to pray believing and how to live abundantly. They take their Heavenly Father at His word, and they expect us to do the same.

Mark 10:15 reads, Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.

What happiness God must feel when His little messengers reach the heart of an adult. For surely He is pleased when we remember to take joy in loving Him, in just being His child.

By: Leigh Ann Thomas is a wife, mother, grammy, and the author of Ribbons, Lace, and Moments of Grace—Inspiration for the Mother of the Bride (SonRise Devotionals). A regular contributor to  Just18Summers.com and InTheQuiver.com, she has also published with Southern Writers Suite T, Power for Living, and Southern Writers Best Short Fiction. You can find Leigh Ann on her front porch daydreaming story plots or blogging at https://leighathomas.com/.

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2 Comments

  1. Oh, I love the vision in my imagination. “There, above the gaudy chaos of manmade attractions, hung a reminder of true beauty and magnificence.” Yes, simply surreal. A beautiful – and profound – post.

    • Thank you, Charla! The moment is one of my greatest treasures 🙂

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