Kids notice everything.
Sometimes this can be problematic. Yesterday, for instance, my four-year-old was horrified by some imperfection in a stranger’s complexion at the grocery store. “Mama, what was that THING on that man’s face?” And of course, the man with the thing on this face was still well within earshot.
But my kids’ keen observation skills also serve a good, non-embarrassing purpose. They remind me to pay attention.
Their ears perk up at the distant train whistle that I’ve learned not to hear. Their eyes brighten at the wide-open blossom that yesterday was just a bud. Their attention catches on the teeniest bug on a blade of grass. Everyday wonders pique their curiosity and ignite their imagination. They want to know where the train tracks go, and what makes the flowers open, and where the bugs sleep.
My husband once said something that I would have said if I had thought of it first: “The strength of your testimony depends on whether you’re paying attention.”
In other words, the more you notice the details of your own story, the better the story you will tell. Or in even more other words, when you are keenly aware of God’s work in your life, it will be difficult to keep Him out of the retelling of it.
The little people can help to re-sharpen our senses. And we, in turn, can delight ourselves in giving their curiosity some guidance. We can encourage them to enjoy the Maker’s mystery in the secretive bends of the train tracks. We can show them His goodness through his turning of seasons. We can help them to understand how He cares for the tiniest of creatures.
Because our kids are telling a story too. And we get to help them form their first sentences.
“May your deeds be shown to your servants, your splendor to their children.” – Psalm 90:16
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