Sometimes I think I have the best job in the world because I get to worship God from two perspectives. From one angle, I am a grown adult with years of experience to temper my interpretations and insights to Divine fellowship. Yet, being around children, I get to see holiness through new, pure, un-filtered wonder.
Last week in the GROzone there was a little girl who was experiencing our new series for the first time. She was so excited and impressed and was not afraid to announce to everyone how much she was enjoying the service. During our final praise song, the music is kind of slow, melodic, and well…pretty. During the instrumental introduction she exclaimed, “This is BEAUTIFUL! I really love this song! I love God and I love the GROzone!”
As parents, we strive to teach our kids how to behave in public. As children of God, we can learn from our kids how to praise the Lord without inhibition.
This is one of my favorite poems by Shel Silverstein…
Ma and God
God gave us fingers–Ma says, “Use your fork.”
God gave us voices–Ma says, “Don’t scream.”
Ma says eat broccoli, cereal and carrots.
But God gave us tasteys for maple ice cream.
God gave us fingers–Ma says, “Use your hanky.”
God gave us puddles–Ma says, “Don’t splash.”
Ma says, “Be quiet, your father is sleeping.”
But God gave us garbage can covers to crash.
God gave us fingers–Ma says, “Put your gloves on.”
God gave us raindrops–Ma says, “Don’t get wet.”
Ma says be careful, and don’t get too near to
Thoses strange lovely dogs that God gave us to pet.
God gave us fingers–Ma says, “Go wash ’em.”
But God gave us coal bins and nice dirty bodies.
And I ain’t too smart, but there’s one thing for certain–
Either Ma’s wrong or else God is.