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                                  .........Into the Eyes of a Child

           Have you ever looked...really looked..... into the eyes of a child? What do

you see? I remember one  time I was in a supermarket getting a few things, and

 there was this young child riding in the seat of her mothers food carriage.... Just

staring at me with a casual smile. Just staring.  I smiled and continued  looking for

my items, but noticed, the child was still staring. I had been going through some

personal  issues at the time and was feeling down, but then I  felt this comforting

feeling when I looked into the eyes  of that child. I thought to myself, look at the

innocence. Look at the lack of fear this child is displaying while she looks at someone

she knows nothing about. Then it hit me. Could it be as if the Lord were saying,

"slow down, and look at the simple beauty of what I give you in life".  The necessary

things you need in life, the beauty of my creation ......the unconditional love in this child's eyes with a smile for someone she does not know."

        I do believe God speaks to us in sometimes subtle ways. Messages from Him come in all kinds and sizes of packages. Sometimes we get so caught up in our life's issues. We dwell on the bad issues for so long, we don't think to just "look, into the eyes of a child". I don't know about you, but there's something wonderfully incomprehensible about the innocence of children. They take the stress out of our daily hectic lifestyles (at least when their young) and somehow are able to bring us back down to simplicity...... in their innocence, there's a message, from them maybe unintentionally and maybe intentionally from God.

        Jesus stressed the importance of these children and their significance in all of our lives;

"But Jesus said, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the  kingdom of heaven." Mat. 9:14

I believe, that through the innocence of children, there is truly something we can learn. Something children do all the time without even thinking about it.  Something Jesus stressed throughout His ministry;

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another." John 13:34

        So, the next time life's issues have you down, when you think things just can't get any worse, when you feel all hope is lost.......... take the message I believe I was given that day. Take a good long look.................... into the eyes of a child.  Then remember, as the Psalmist put it;

"Be still, and know that I am God;
                                                                            I will be exalted among the nations,
                                                                           I will be exalted in the earth." Ps. 46:10