Oblivious to the Obvious

23 May 2011

“Mummy, look!  Someone coloured in the sky!”  My daughter’s innocent comment stopped me in my tracks.  It was right around grumble o’clock (you know, when the kids are tired, you’re trying to get food on the table, and everything is just a bit tense).  I left the dinner prep for a few minutes, picked up my grizzly son and we all went outside together to look at the sunset.

We quietly snuggled and watched the horizon turn from orange to pink to purple.  I considered explaining why the sky was “coloured” and sharing some information about how the earth rotates, but in the end all I said was, “God did a good job, didn’t he?”  My toddler smiled at me like I’d just worked out a secret that she knew all along.

Perhaps that’s why the bible says God has hidden things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children (Matt 11:25).  Unlike adults, young kids don’t need to find an explanation for everything that is beyond their understanding.  They are happy just to be awed by it.

It’s been a while since I was awed by God’s handiwork, but I wonder if that’s because I have become oblivious to the obvious.  Is God revealing himself to me all the time, and am I too busy to notice?  Has life become so hectic with two kids that I’ve forgotten to take the time to literally stop and smell the roses, and credit the One who came up with the whole idea of flowers in the first place?

This week, I’m going to try to pay a little more attention.  When my daughter says (as she often does), “Come quick Mum!  Something’s awwwwesome!!!” I’m going to unbusy myself and check it out.  After all, she’s usually right.  Rainbows, caterpillars, stars and toadstools ARE awesome.

Catherine Oehlman

Cath is the online editor of the MOPS Australia site and blog, editor of the upcoming MOPS Australia Magazine, and Coordinator of her MOPS group in Brisbane.  She is well known online and on the airwaves as SquiggleMum – though most of the time she is just “Mum-meeeeee!”

This post first appeared on Cath’s blog at http://squigglemum.com and is republished with permission.

3 Responses to “Oblivious to the Obvious”

  1. Jillian says:

    What a timely reminder. We all need to remember to stop and see God’s amazing handiwork. I have enjoyed checking out the sun, making awesome colours when we have been traveling to pick up Tegan on Friday afternoons.

  2. Alice says:

    So true Cath, and so beautifully expressed! We’ve really enjoyed looking at the sky, and the clouds on this side of the country 🙂

  3. Kym says:

    ABSOLUTELY! I do often watch the sunset, but not often enough. My life is too busy with my 4 that I often am oblivious to the obvious around me. :o(

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