When we were kids we all heard the nursery rhyme that goes "be careful little eyes what you see, be careful little eyes what you see cause the father up above is looking down in love so be careful little eyes what you see." then it continues with "ears what you hear" and "mouth what you say" but did we ever really take that to heart? This last week at work I was reminded of that song and it's been something I realized a lot of people, even sometimes me, don't take to heart. This past week a set of new parents with a beautiful healthy new baby came in my work for a check up. As they checked out at my desk the dad started to pick at the week old infant and nudged his wife to look at their little girl "look at what she's doing with her left eye" he said. "Stop picking at her she's fine" his wife replied, "he's such a worry wart can't leave her alone," the mom tells me. Dumb me, I had to ask "why what's she doing?" (just out of polite conversation .) "Her eye is like twitching its creeping me out because it won't stop,"he tells me. I politely reply that it's probably normal but he stops me adding " it's like those creepy kids whose eyes do that shake thing," he says using his finger to illustrate his point wagging it back and forth. "those kids creep me out man!" he says. "Hun stop it she's fine!" his wife scolds. "what I'm serious it's creepy!" he continues "those kids are creepy," and he adds a fake shiver. I couldn't move my mouth. He was talking about kids like Liam, my Liam, he was talking about MY kid! The second they walked out I had to bury my head to cry at my desk. I had worried kids would be mean to Liam but I hadn't considered adults, adults could be meaner. As mad at that dad as I wanted to get I had to stop myself.... Truth is I'm as guilty as that dad. Before Liam was diagnosed I might have said the same thing (secretly) about kids like Liam or with some other strange condition. We all do it, even me, so how could I scold this dad for what he didn't even realize he was doing wrong? As I thought on it throughout the rest of the week the only thing I can resolve to do is to be sure no matter where I am that I'm careful what my mouth says and remember that we are all made in the image of God. Each of us, my little guy included, are exactly what He intended when He knit us together from head to toe and everything in between.
James 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
Gen. 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.