“The whole country will see how you [God] work, all the godless nations see how you save.” Psalm 67.2
Looking at life through the eyes of a child is amazing! Nothing is as it appears. Simple things are complex, difficult puzzles simple, and the obvious is never what is seems. The fantastic part of being friends with a child is that their outlook on life is contagious! Life is for living, exploring, discovering, and sharing. Sitting quietly in the corner is not an option, always be on the lookout because something is happening somewhere! Animals, signs, parks, food, cooking, and statues all tell new stories. Everything fits together just waiting for discovery and experience.
God is a part of this equation as well. Kids discover what David knew to be a truth. If one looks around, the whole country will see how God works; even godless men begin to appreciate the beauty and love touching their lives.
The role of fathers and mothers is critical in this process. Kids see God at work through their parents. Too often, they discover a god who is harsh and demanding, dishing out conditional love when it is convenient. Often the only thing that appears to save is a focus on self.
We have an opportunity to reflect the true God. We have the opportunity to show the whole country how God works. We can demonstrate how to save. It is within our power.
The obvious question is how. The important question is why because the answer to the how lies in the why. Frequently, we seek to reflect God through discipline, firmness, and pragmatic rights and wrongs. Seeing this through the eyes of a child, I found this answer to be a god built in one’s own image.
David’s life gives us the answer. God is the god of love, mercy, and unconditional acceptance. God has and will always be who he is. Passionate pursuit of God gives us the answer to how; God works, we seek to know. Some people call this blindness; I know it as sight.