“Look Miss Kathy!”
“Did you see me twirl my new dress?”
“Look at my super hero rain boots!”
Every Sunday morning, I hear the words, “LOOK! WATCH! SEE!” over and over again from little preschoolers who are so eager to share with me what is going on in their world.
Preschoolers love attention! They love to share their newest treasure, pair of shoes, hair bow or new toy. More than anything, preschoolers want to know that we SEE them!
In Genesis 16 we read the story of Hagar, Sarai’s maidservant who gave birth to a son, Ishmael, fathered by Abraham. When Sarai began to mistreat Hagar, she fled into the desert. As she sat by a spring crying, the angel of the Lord came to her to comfort her. After the angel spoke to her of God’s plan for her, verse 13 says Hagar gave this name to the Lord – the One who sees me – El Roi.
I often tell my leaders that we are the first picture of who God is. And just as God is El Roi to us, we need to be to the little ones we see.
I’m not going to lie – sometimes it is hard to see them all. Just yesterday, I was reading a book to a little two-year-old on my lap when another shoved a plastic plate under my nose, so I could have some “yummy plastic broccoli,” while another wanted me to see the pretty picture she had just colored. Another ran a toy car up my arm while his friend was doing the pee-pee dance and needed immediate attention.
Each one would break into the biggest smile when I looked them in the eye and reacted to JUST THEM. They responded to the oooohs and aaahhhhhs, as well as the atta-boys and atta-girls. They just wanted to know that I saw them.
Preschoolers live to be seen and we have the opportunity every week to show them what it means to have El Roi – the One who sees. We can always point them back to the One who made them, loves them, and wants to be their friend forever.
Do you see me? Why YES I DO! And, God does too!