The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


God, through a child's eyes

It's a point of view worth looking into

I’m in awe of children’s ability to see God—from a different angle than ours. Ryan Lee is one example. The 4-year-old and his father, Dan, have just read Matthew 14:22-32 about Jesus walking on water and Peter’s lack of faith causing him to sink.

Ryan sat pondering this story and the fact that his little sister’s name, Anna Lee, is the same as one of his playmates at church, Anna Lee (Wolf). After thinking for a moment he asks his father, “Where did Anna Lee come from?”

“She was adopted from China,” Dan Lee answers.

“But how did she get here?” Ryan persists.

“I guess she came by boat or plane, Ryan,” his father says.

“Well, why didn’t she walk?” Ryan continues.

Patiently, Dan explains, “Because there is an ocean between China and the U.S.”

Ryan turns his head and, puzzled, says, “But, Dad, if she had enough faith she could have just walked across.”

Perhaps children could show Peter a thing or two about walking on water. Faith like Ryan’s teaches me to cling to hope in Christ. Their simplicity of reason and confidence in God astounds me.

Children like Ryan make me question how adults see God. Maybe we should listen to the Gospels or other biblical stories not only as stories but also as realities, as children do—because that’s what we all are, the children of God.


Howard Hudson

Howard Hudson

Posted at 6:20 pm (U.S. Eastern) 10/22/2009

Few people really see God at all.  The perception most Christians have of God are the limited perceptions of their spiritual mentors. 

Consider the very disciples of Jesus.  Did they really see him day by day for who he was.   They witnessed Jesus feed one crowd of 4,000, and another crowd of 5,000, but yet when he calmed the storm and demonstrated that he even had power over the winds and waves---they were shocked to their very core and questioned --- "What manner of man is this that even the winds and the waveds obey him?" Here's proof that they still hadn't grasped who Jesus really was and the depth of his power.  Why do you think he suggested that he and the disciples take that boat ride in the first place.  Jesus wanted his disciples to see the fullness of his power.... and that it was unlimited.  He foreknew there was a time coming when they would need to petition heaven by his authority, and they needed to see that he had the power to change their circumstances on earth.   

 Perhaps the believer's biggest sin is the sin of prayerlessness.   If believer's could truly see God's goodness and willingness to make a way for us in the midst of our deficiencies, they would pray at the drop of a hat!

W. Howard Hudson  10/22/2009

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