Suddenly I remembered a rhyme that my 'teacher' sister-in-law had joked about and so I blurted it through the microphone, "One, two, three...Look at me."
Not being a school teacher myself, I didn't realise that this rhyme came with a response and I was flabbergasted when there was immediate silence, all eyes to the front and then, as if in a conducted choir they replied in perfect unison, "one, two...eyes on you."
Wow! I was so impressed. I felt like I had a supernatural power. "I'll be using that one again," I thought to myself.
Although I do my best to give my children the most attention that I can, I have noticed that they have their own 'special' language of getting my eyes onto them. As toddlers, it often came in the form of mischief: pegs down the toilet, artwork on the walls, baby cream in the carpet and escaping over the fence, just to name a few.
But I think the one that works the best when I am distracted is repeating the name 'Mum' over and over and over again, enough to grate on anyone's nerves.
I've been thinking about this in regards to God. How does he get our eyes onto Him?
In Matthew chapter 14, Jesus walked on the water to meet the disciples in the boat. The waves were up and the wind was against it. The disciples were terrified, thinking Jesus was a ghost. When Peter asked to walk out to meet him, he was able to walk through the gushing waves and wind while he had his eyes on Jesus.
Then the wind took his attention away from Jesus and he was afraid and began to sink. "Lord, save me!" Peter said. Jesus wasted no time and immediately reached out his hand to catch him. "You of little faith," Jesus said, "why did you doubt?"
It is so easy to become busy, distracted and self consumed. I find when this happens, I tend to worry more, I become more tired, stressed and anxious about things that I am trying to keep within my control. And then I start feeling that tug at my heart. "Come to me," he says, "turn your eyes upon me and let me help you."
Jesus wants us to repeat his name over and over again, he delights in it. Our greatest obstacle is remembering to keep our eyes on him, the one who saves us.
2 Chronicles 20 verse 12
"For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you."
Rebecca and her husband Tony, have four children and live on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. She has a heart for God and is glad that God loves our country and the people in it. Rebecca loves writing children stories, interest articles and teaching piano.
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