The Light Of The World
The world was created from an incredible source of LOVE. We are even told in the Bible that God said…”Let there be LIGHT”. We are reminded throughout the ages that LIGHT is LOVE. Light warms our bodies and makes our souls feel refreshed and new again. We are again reminded about this great love when it is stated: “He so loved the world that HE gave His only begotten son”.
Can you imagine a greater display of love? Our source tells us that He was willing to take his only son…where he was safe from the hands of anything unholy, and give him as a gift of love.
Why do I mention this? After all I have taken two very famous lines of scripture, surely we would not need to be reminded of them.
Somehow the fact that we were bathed in love from the very start has eluded us. We have found reasons, or created them, to not love or be loving toward one another.
Human beings are the only beings, on this planet, who create boundaries which tell us that someone or something is being loved too much.
We will tell young parents not to coddle their children. We will say that too much hugging and holding makes a child spoiled. And while we must also encourage our children to love themselves…let us not use this as an excuse for breeding indifference.
Just before a child is conceived, it has been coddled, held, hugged, kissed…surrounded in the purest form of love. Why does a child cry when it is born? It cries because instantly it knows how cold the world truly is. This baby is not crying because it needs or wants to be spoiled…but because it is searching for the love it was created from. You will notice that throughout this child’s life, it is constantly seeking that Divine Love. The kind of love that says I will never love you less and you will never feel alone or abandoned. But I have seen parents, men and women alike, pushing their children away…for their own good. “You are a big boy/girl don’t cry”. We will rush away from our children’s bedrooms claiming that we don’t have time for one more story. What are we rushing toward? What is the urgent thing that simply cannot wait one more moment?
Even the animal kingdom has more compassion than most human beings display. I have watched different species of animals take in babies that are their natural enemies…to simply display compassion and love. A mother wolf, for instance, never snaps or growls at her young when they are crying. Instead she will pull the pup to her and cuddle with it, until the pup feels so safe and secure that the crying stops.
I have watched a bear cub climb up a pine tree; and when he gets to the point where he is afraid to move upward or down…he will literally cry for his mother. The first time I heard this, I smiled; because it really sounds like he is saying “Mom”. The mother bear who is too large to climb up the tree after her cub, will wait at the bottom of the tree. She knows that either the branch will give way or the cub will become too weak to hold on. She will wait and watch. When she hears the sounds of either outcome…she will be there for the cub. Such patience is something that we could all learn from.
What if we started looking at life differently? What if we realized that the most important job, task, or path that we had…was to be that loving and patient mother or father? What if we hurried the world along, as we push our children along? That conversation which our child feels is the most important thing in the world…is just that. Are they just words…no. What if I told you that the story that your child simply must tell you…a million times over…was really something you needed to know?
The lessons in life that are intended for us, usually come wrapped in such a way that they can be easily over looked. Our children, don’t forget, have yet to experience the world and how cold and cruel it can be. Unfortunately, this harsh reality is usually not found any further than our own homes. How many times have you hurt your children’s feelings and not given it a second thought? We will somehow minimize the experience; almost rationalizing the idea that our child will just have to understand. Our day was hectic, the boss yelled at us, we have a deadline that we are having trouble meeting and we just don’t have time to use caution when talking to a child that talks all the time anyway.
Do you see how easily we justify…our actions?
Love is an endless source; yet we are quick to douse out that flame. We will ignore children that will speak to us out of nowhere. We will show a face of impatience, while shutting out anything the child is asking or telling us. While, yes, we are doing damage to that child; be also aware that we are damaging ourselves too.
Divine love has no criteria. It has no opposition…it simply is. It cannot be defined, as it defies all definition. It cannot be contained or withheld. It cannot be judged or ignored. Divine love is the constant flow of LIGHT from our HIGHEST SOURCE. It holds us up, even during times when we think we are standing alone. The beautiful thing about this level of love is that it doesn’t want credit.
Have you ever watched as a child rides a bicycle for the first time successfully? Do you remember the look on their face? The utter joy of them feeling that they did it all by themselves. What changed? The only reason a child is able to ride a bicycle all by themselves is because they decided to trust in a source that we grow to deny, as adults. Is there ever a grumbling from above when this child is screaming “I did it, I did it”! No. And the reason for that is simple…Divine love does not require the proverbial pat on the back. In fact, understand that a child is born with that kind of trust; it is us as adults that teach our children not to trust. “Be careful, you are going to fall”.
We are loved highly and every morning when we wake up, we are reminded of that love. Every moment that we have been gifted is precious. Children are not impositions…they are blessings. Too often we take that which was intended to enhance our lives and we cast them aside.
That child does not talk too much…we listen too little. That child isn’t crying for no reason…we just haven’t learned to understand what it needs. That child isn’t sad because they are unlovable…they are sad because we have failed to love them enough. Children do not act up because they are unruly…they act up, because they are the things in our lives …which we always put last.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Start tomorrow, better yet, start now…talk to your children. Talk to your nieces, nephews and their friends too. Listen to what they have to say; accept the gifts that they were sent here to bring. Take a moment and look at life through their very loving eyes…and remember back when your eyes…represented the LIGHT OF THE WORLD.