Message in a child’s innocence

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 19 Jun 2018 12:31:40

HAVE you ever looked into the eyes of a child? What do you see? Recently I got a chance to do so during a photowalk in Mangalwari Bazaar at Mahal. There was this beautiful girl who had come with her father to buy some groceries. She was continuously staring at me and my camera. Just staring. I smiled at her and continued looking for subjects for photography, but noticed, the child was still staring. I had been going through some personal issues at the time and was feeling down, and on top of that I didn’t even click a single picture which was good enough to upload, and that was just adding up to my anxiety level. But I felt this comforting feeling when I looked into the eyes of that child.

I thought to myself, look at the innocence. Look at the lack of fear this child is displaying while she looks at someone she knows nothing about. Then it hit me. Could it be as if the Lord were saying, “Slow down, and look at the simple beauty of what I give you in life. The necessary things you need in life, the beauty of my creation.” I do believe God speaks to us in subtle ways. Messages from Him come in all kinds and sizes of packages. Sometimes we get so caught up in our life’s issues we dwell on the bad issues for so long. We don’t think to just “look into the eyes of a child.” I don’t know about you, but there’s something wonderfully incomprehensible about the innocence of children. They take the stress out of our daily hectic lifestyles (at least when they are young) and somehow are able to bring us back down to simplicity. In their innocence, there’s a message from them maybe unintentionally and maybe intentionally from God.

I believe that through the innocence of children, there is truly something we can learn. Something children do all the time without even thinking about it. So, the next time life’s issues weigh you down, when you think things just can’t get any worse, when you feel all hopes are lost, take the message I was given that day. Take a good long look, into the eyes of a child, Then remember, “Kuch waqt do, sab theek ho jaayega”.

Manshi Jaiswal

Nikalas Mahila Mahavidyalaya

B.I.D 3rd Year