DayBreaks for 2/07/17: Child Saints and Resurrected Lizards
From the blog of Doug Dalrymple (my son!), dated 12/4/06 about his son (my grandson!):
You expect your children to see angels. Fresh and innocent as they are, how could they not see angels, right? You expect them, once sufficiently articulate, to spout forth little bon mots of ageless toddler wisdom that somehow suddenly make clear the ways of God and illumine the labyrinth of the human heart. But, no, children do not leap from their mother’s wombs straight into the full flush of sainthood. In my experience, children are just as likely to misapprehend the faith of their parents as to utter unsolicited spiritual profundities.
I have been equally charmed and horrified by what comes out of the mouth of my three year old son when he decides to talk theology. For instance, while considering a picture of the Crucifixion (with Mary and John standing to either side of Christ), my 3-yeard old son once explained to me that it was St. John himself, and no one else, who had taken up the hammer to nail Jesus’ hands and feet to the wood. A ghastly thought! I gently corrected him and changed the subject lest he say something even worse.
But every now and then something charming does pop out of his curious little mind. Not long ago we were out for a hike with his mother and sister, visiting a little farm tucked away into the foothills of the Santa Cruz mountains. We approached a spot where he’d seen a dead lizard the week before. “Papa!” he said, “look – there’s a lizard over here – and it’s dead!” He ran ahead in his excitement, pointing the way. I followed and helped him to scan the ground for the unfortunate reptile. It was gone. “He’s not here anymore – where did he go?” he asked. “I don’t know,” I said. “Maybe another animal ate him up,” I suggested. “No…” the boy answered, “but maybe God raised him from the dead!”
“Well…” I hesitated. “I don’t know…but, maybe He did.”
Galen’s Thoughts: We are all to quick to deny God’s miracles. If we don’t see it, we think it didn’t or couldn’t have happened. For all we know, God, when no one else was looking, raised that little lizard from the dead. After all, that’s how He raised His own Son – in the dark of the tomb while no human eyes were watching. Oh, for the faith of a little child once again!
PRAYER: Thank you Father for giving to the little ones the eyes to see your wonders and to believe in your miracles. Give us those kind of eyes, and faith! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2017 by Galen Dalrymple.