My husband and I once worked as relief house parents for a Children’s home. The children were all under the age of twelve and had experienced physical and emotional abuse by either their biological parents or/and their foster parents. As a result they had severe emotional and behavioral problems. Despite the circumstances and the horrible things that they had been through, they simply were just children, children who needed love.
One day while we were there during one of our week stays, I heard a loud scream coming from the other room (never a good sign). I ran into the kitchen where the scream came from to find one of the little boys standing with his fist clinched facing one of the little girls. They were both standing by chairs at the bar that faced the kitchen. When she saw me enter the room she immediately started crying, “HE HIT ME!!”.
I turned to face to him to ask if these claims were true and he readily admitted that they were. I asked him why he felt the need to hit her and he responded that she “took” his chair the day before.
I was a little confused and asked, “Why would you hit her today then?”.
“Because if she took it yesterday and I know that she will take it again today,” he responded.
I had him apologize to her and dismissed the little girl so I could sit and talk with him. When we sat down I started to talk to him about seeing others with “new eyes”.
It’s easy (and sometimes we feel justified) to base our options of people based off of what they did in the past. But we have to look at people like God sees them. He forgives . He seems them with fresh “new eyes” everyday. Yesterday is gone.
For the rest of the day we walked around with our hands making circles over our eyes (like eye glasses) and sang, “New eyes…see with new eyes” throughout the day.
After it was all said and done the message stuck with me and I began to feel convicted. Do I truly see others with “new eyes?”.
Do I see myself with “new eyes”?
Jesus led by example. He forgave to show us how. He wipes away tears and speaks life over the hurting and calls us to do the same. He sees you and me with new eyes. Its time that we start to see ourselves and others with the same “new eyes” that He uses.
Our name is to remind us that what the world sees, is not what God sees.
There is always hope.
There is always redemption.
– Heather Parady