Innocent Eyes

Innocent Eyes

model used for illustrative purposes

A guest post written by Will Heining

I was recently asked if I would rent to a small dog with a $500 pet deposit. I replied, “Yes, if only to meet a small dog who has $500!”

Then I started to think about dogs and sums of cash – where would he carry it – and why? Would a dog have any use for a nest egg? It seemed absurd and it occurred to me that I have never known a dog who was the least bit concerned about where he would sleep or where his next meal would come from. Interested – definitely! But never worried.

Children are great that way also. They are completely oblivious to money troubles or similar claims of lack. When I would answer a request for something with, “I don’t have enough money for that,” I can remember being met with a quizzical look. “Just go to the money store (ATM)!”

Once, decades ago, when I only had one two-year-old daughter, it was my task – on my way to work – to deliver her to the caregiver’s home where she would spend a carefree day with her every request met.

The car that we rode in had been slowly developing a problem, and once or twice before this particular day, it had stalled and refused to re-start until it had a sufficient cooling-off period. On this day, it suddenly stalled and was requiring a much longer time to re-start. (Maybe it wouldn’t start ever again!)

As I fiddled with the key, I caught sight of my daughter in the rearview mirror. When she saw that I noticed her, she started an impromptu game of Peek-A-Boo. “Oh sure,” I said, not playing along, “You want to play because you don’t know how bad the situation is.”

As I said that, I suddenly realized what those words meant. Becoming caught up in the false claims of lack, I was saying that there was a situation where praying couldn’t help, that it was possible, in a universe where God created everything good, that we could be kept from our good day by this lack.

I immediately declared that I didn’t know how bad the situation was either, I refused to acknowledge any power which would interrupt the harmony of God’s universe, and I began to play Peek-A-Boo! We soon found ourselves underway without undue disruption of our plans.

Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, wrote in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need…divine Love supplies all good.” This statement echoes Paul’s words in II Corinthians, “and God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.”

Both of these powerful statements illustrate what it is that dogs and small children sometimes seem to know better than us (so-called) grownups – and our experience is richer for listening to them.

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  1. says

    How our human egos get in the way of that child-like trust that all is well. For children – and animals – it’s a matter of listening and expecting. Why should our own innate expectancy of ever-present good diminish – have we accepted responsibility for coming up with all the answers?

    I had a relative who, when he couldn’t find something, would go through his house on a thorough search, overturning cupboards and closets, leaving chaose in his wake.. I have found that a quiet listening often points me to that “last place” – the exact location of whatever item may seem to be lost.

  2. Judy says

    Thank you Will…that was a lovely new insight into how God provides for us even when we don’t think we know how that can or will occur. Your two quotes help support that idea beautifully. It is a good reminder to live this moment in the now…and trust every detail of the future to our heavenly parent who always has our best interest in mind and will meet our every need.

  3. Pamela says

    Thanks Will, isn’t wonderful how children and animals can teach so-called grown-ups valuable lessons. They seem to have confidence where we have doubt. They are such good examples of how we really should be acting and thinking. I love the statement in the Bible where Christ Jesus said, “And a little child shall lead them.” I often think he meant that just for me. (smile)

  4. Kathy says

    It is so true – animals and children are so oblivious to the material situation and find fun and joy in every circumstance. They express trust in good.