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Thursday, July 31, 2014
Through the Eyes of ChildrenPosted Friday, July 31, 2009, at 12:00 PM
Have you recently driven east or west on Indianapolis Road?
The trees have been trimmed.
Well, more than that, they've been cropped so that tall vehicles won't be scratched or harmed by tree limbs hanging low.
As an adult, I understand why they were cut and why they are now shaped the way they are. Imagine if you will how children "see" and understand such shapes. One might say the trees are cut to look like helmets!
Another might say the trees can be wigs for giants!
There is much in this world of ours that appears comical and fantasy oriented to young children. They trust that life is going to be okay. They trust adults who are in authority over them, sometimes trusting complete strangers. They believe that the world is attempting to love them and help them grow. They see the world as being a good place, a nurturing place full of great discoveries and wonders.
That is, they see life this way until something happens to cause them pain.
Oh may our children keep on seeing the world through trusting eyes! Yet, it's not a question of whether or not reality will come crashing in but when. Do you sit your child in front of television without close supervision? Do you take your child to places where there aren't other children present but rather adults turned bitter about life? How long can we keep our children in comical and fantasy worlds, seeing life with the eyes of innocence?
As long as we possibly can!
A spiritual truth for me is that there is a little child in all of us. We start by seeing the world as being a great place with great people and with great, nurturing experiences. We trust, and my prayer is that this ability to trust remains at our very core. We each may have layers upon layers of "real life" experiences but with patience and support we can peel the layers to find that good center.
For this we need three things.
We need to have people supporting us who will uplift the good about life before shouting about the wrongs. We need to give ourselves permission to get to our cores, to trust again even if having been hurt, and to love all about life without waiting for life to love us first.
Finally, we need the power to keep these changes energized and in place.
These months have been challenging times. Often we've been impacted by "real life" experiences over which we have little control. Well, that's not completely true. We can control how we respond, how we interpret life, and how we "see" the world. There's a little child in all of us that is just waiting to be set free, to look for the good in every situation, and to enjoy life.
Isn't it time to help each other recover what's been buried within?
May you once again see trees as being helmets that will keep us safe and to know that even giants can wear wigs.
P.T. Wilson is the senior pastor at Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church, Greencastle, and is also the University Chaplain at DePauw University.