A child doesn’t know when to pick her nose. A child doesn’t know how to stand and pose. A child doesn’t know what it is to be embarrassed, to be in danger or to be fearful. A child only knows how to be a child. Innocent. Trusting. Pure.
When my daughter was in playschool, she would sing the nursery songs all the way to school, happily and loudly, on the public bus; oblivious to the stares and amusement of the other passengers. When i reminded her to lower her volume, she would obliged, only to forget within seconds. Soon, i would give up and let her be.
When my son was 5 years old, we went to Perth, Australia for a family holiday. When we met some buskers on the street, my son started to dance spontaneously right in front of the crowd. We were astonished. We knew he loved music but we had never seen him dance that way before. It was such an eye opener, in a foreign land.
Does my daughter still sing? Only at home, with family members. Does my son still dance? Only once, for a church event. And he wouldn’t even let us watch his performance.
I have often wondered when and why we lose that childlike innocence. What is it that makes us change and sometimes become so different from what we were. Our fears never seem to end – How will others view me? If i should marry, will we live happily ever after? Will i do well in my job or worse still, will i lose my job? As we grow older, we worry about our ailing health. Finally, as our lives near the end, we worry where we will be – next?
Our smiles have turned into perpetual frowns.
We are so worried and fearful that we never actually live today. Soon it becomes yesterday. And we still worry about tomorrow.
Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matt 18:3-4 (NIV)
Now, i understand why Jesus asked us to be pure and trusting. Like a Child. We must never forget that our Father is God. By R
PS My daughter insisted that i should clarify that this is not a painting of her. She has never picked her nose before. Really!