I was in chapel at the Christian school that my son attends, and as we were singing before I got up to teach I noticed the boy next to me flexing his hand again and again. It didn’t seem that it was hurting, but simply that all of a sudden he was fascinated with how his hand was made and how he could open and close it. Then, just as soon as he had gotten distracted from singing to marvel at the intricacy of the human hand, he began to sing to the Lord again. And I mean belting it out, eyes closed in worship.
As we sang about how awesome our God is, I was moved to thank God for the ways that we can see His glory through children’s eyes. Children are naturally curious. They are sponges. This is why your 2 year old’s every other word is, “Why?” They are constantly learning about the world, which is why it is so important that we are there and willing to take the time to point them to the God who created the world: “Young men and maidens together, old men and children! Let them praise the name of the LORD, for His name alone is exalted; His majesty is above earth and heaven.” (Psalm 148:12-13)
I brought my 20 month old to the mailbox the other day, and as we walked back he stopped, fascinated with the way the breeze was blowing the leaves in the tree near our house. I had never even noticed that tree there. My 2 1/2 year old daughter and 6 year old son would have sat for over an hour on our front porch recently if I had let them, as they were enthralled with the trail that a snail was making across the step.
Do you have eyes to see the world the way a child does? The human hand, the dark red of a maple leaf waving in the breeze, and the slow inching along of a snail all speak something of God’s glory. He is a creative, omnipotent God. If we have eyes to see, they are pointing us to Him. Your children, grandchildren, or the kids in your class delight in the details that we as busy adults often miss. Just as they point out these glories of God’s creation, we need to be ready to point them to the glory of our matchless God who created all of these things.