Through the Eyes of a Little Girl

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When I was a small girl, my outlook on the world was very different. I was inquisitive, searching, learning, taking everything into my little brain that I could. My eyes were wide and brown and I wanted to understand it all. I trusted easily, I quickly loved, I was comfortable in my surroundings and I loved to pick flowers. But…things changed when I grew up.

Years came and with it brought much trying times and suddenly my calmness was replaced with fear, my curiosity became suspicion, my outgoing personality eventually turned into introversion, isolation and shyness. I couldn’t trust nor make friends easily anymore. Whenever I got hurt or disappointed, I tried to shield my pain with an imaginary band-aid. Of course, that doesn’t cure anything, it only helped me cope a little while longer. My outlook on life from a teenager into a young adult was quite dismal. It was when I turned 25 that I met Jesus. I knew the experience I had with Him when I got saved was real, I know that. But, it wasn’t easy letting go of my past.

Jesus wants us to go back to that childlike faith we had before all the junk in our lives happened. That comes with blind faith and nothing else. I couldn’t take back the pain I went through nor bring back all the people I love who died. I couldn’t make that ex-boyfriend that broke my heart years and years ago ask me for forgiveness. These things I must trust and leave with God. My eyes have to stay on Him and not on anything or anyone else.

A childlike faith doesn’t mean we don’t use wisdom or discernment, it really means that we lean on Jesus and trust Him to do His best for us no matter what happens around us, no matter if we understand His ways, and no matter how we might be feeling at the time. A child trusts his or her parents, because there’s safety in that relationship. Well, there’s safety in Jesus. He came back just so that He could fellowship with us forever. He is everything we need for all time.

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Kim McDougal

Kim is the founder and creator of Growing Up in Grace. By day, she's the Director of Interactive Communications for the Hispanic chamber located in Jax, FL. Kim also owns "Kim's Studio Art" where she creates and sells Wall Art Printables and "Kim's Handcrafted Cards" on eBay where she creates and sells handmade greeting cards.