Through the Eyes of a Child

by Darlinda McDonald

The day before kindergarten started, Bill Rudge’s granddaughter broke her collarbone. As painful as that was, the broken collarbone meant she wasn’t going to be able to take the horse riding lessons which she had longed for, even giving up dance lessons to fulfill her dream. The first week of kindergarten, Bill had the opportunity to take his granddaughter to school. He held her little backpack while she struggled to pull out her lunch and papers to put into her cubbyhole. This was a quite a task as she had to use her left hand since her right arm was in a sling and she was right-handed. Bill gave her a kiss on the forehead and told her to try to have a wonderful day and, despite her physical injury and the disappointment of not being able to take horse-riding lessons, she responded, “Papa, I always have a wonderful day.”

Oh, what a lesson we can learn from her words. The Bible clearly instructs us to have this attitude:  “This is the day which the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24). In Philippians (4:4), we are told to “Rejoice in the Lord always…” As we make the choice to rejoice, we will learn that “…the joy of the LORD is [our] strength (Nehemiah 8:10).