The Eyes of a Child – Reflection for 9 July 2017
I have a friend who tells the story of her child looking at the sunset and exclaiming, “Look at what God painted just for us!” I am constantly amazed by the ways in which my own children remind me to see God’s glory in the small and large things of each day. I am convinced that my five year old does not need to be reminded by the Psalmist that “Great is the LORD, and marvelous worthy to be praised; there is no end of his greatness.”
Together with Jesus, we can thank God that He has “hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children.” We can also be thankful that He has given us children to revealed to us these hidden things through eyes of wonder.
The Psalmist tells us that “One generation shall praise thy works unto another, and declare thy power.” As a parent, I can only hope to have the humility to let my children teach me about the wondrous works of God.
Another friend tells of her pre-school aged son sitting in timeout after a particularly difficult afternoon and telling her, “Mom, it’s really hard to be good all day long.” I wonder if this is what Paul is really trying to say. Perhaps this also sheds a different light on our Gospel reading. As Jesus talks about those who labor and are heavy laden, I wonder if these are the people who are trying to bear the burden of “being good.”
Just as my friend’s son was deeply loved when he was able to be good and when he wasn’t, we are deeply loved by God even when we do not feel very lovable. What would happen if we laid down the burden of being good and took up the yoke of being loved?