I just want to share something that happened recently. It is about
seeing the world Child's View.
I had been doing some shopping at our local supermarket. Our
supermarkets are in townships, (this is Kariba!) so we are in the
heart of poverty at best. Zimbabwe is going through a tough time.
This particular day my ten year old son was with me. We came out of
the shop and as usual there are people hanging around. One in
particular caught his eye. She was an elderly woman, who was not
usually there. She was blind. He noticed her begging bowl was empty,
and asked me why, how do you answer that. He then asked me if he
could give her something, I had a $5.00 note,and gave that to him.
"Mum, how is she going to know what it is?" I told him to put it in
her hand and tell her what it was.
There were plenty of people around, and watching more out of idle
curiosity than anything else. He got down to the woman's level, took
her hand, placed the money it, and told her what it was. When he
stood back and came to me, we watched for a bit. Her face lit up with
a brilliant smile, you did not notice she was blind. The best part
happened next, several of the people, a lot of them African youths,
(who normally don't bother with beggars), began emptying the change
out of their pockets into this lady's bowl !! I was so chuffed* about
this, I had a big grin on my face for hours, my child, who felt
something for this woman's plight, led by example.The best part was
the woman, she was blessed, and so were we. I think her smile chased
away the fear of her being blind.
The youth and other people who gave to her (enough to fill her little
bowl) walked away with smiles too. What I learnt from all this, is
that we have to sometimes look at things with a childlike point of
view. They do not complicate with "what if" or "but", they just do.
I have not seen this woman again, but to tell the truth I think she
was there to do a job, and show people that giving can be beneficial.
But also to be led by a child, Jesus was a child in Nazareth, Jesus
led by example, so can we, so can my child.
God bless and Keep you safe always.