No Ordinary Child

The woman became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She saw that he was a special baby and kept him hidden for three months Exo 2:2 MSG

 By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child Heb 11:23 NIV

Beauty is said to be in the eyes of the beholder, this statement proves true many times. The Egyptians in the text above saw the baby Moses as something to be killed, the parents saw something else. Many the times our experiences in life are shaped not by the situation itself but how we view the situation, this is especially true in parenting.

In reality Moses was not necessarily the cutest child, the most healthy child or even the most special child, he was just another child. The focus is really not in how Moses was but how his parents saw him. They picked him up, looked at him and believed he was special, they believed he was no ordinary child and they raised him as such.

In the development of a child, more important than what the child seems is what the parents see in the child and what the parents call the child, this will affect how the parents raise the child. If they see something special and beautiful in the child, he/she will grow up to see these same things and possibly pursue it. If they don’t see that special something, they will see something else and the child will grow up embracing or fighting that picture, whatever it might be.

The problem is not in seeing something bad in your child, it is in not seeing something special.

What many don’t realize is that every child is a ‘no ordinary child’, every child is ‘special’ and it behooves particularly on the parents to raise the child in that child’s specialty.

Scriptures says ‘train up a child in the way he should go’. i.e. there is a particular way, a particular child should go, you as the parent should find it and train up the child in that particular way, that is the way a child will not depart when he is grown. The Darby’s translation puts it like this: Train up the child according to the tenor of his way, and when he is old he will not depart from it.

But what if my child is not special, what if she’s odd, maybe diseased or malformed, what if I can’t see the specialness? Or all I see is specially wrong attitudes? Then look again, cause you’re looking at the wrong thing, once you cant find the specialness in your child it’s obvious you’re looking wrongly or your looking at the wrong thing. The specialness is not a character trait or some birth mark, it is a spiritual sensing that see’s in the child a greatness that no one can see, beyond the deformity, beyond the attitude, beyond the normalness, you see it and you are fully convinced this one is worth the risk. Sometimes this specialness is obvious, sometimes its not but it always is and a more trained eye will see it.

You must realize that your child is special without loosing sight of the fact that so is everyone else’s child. This specialness is not the emotional attachment or even the natural love a parent has for a child, it is the ability to see purpose, gifting & even calling in a child. You may not have all the details but you can see that this is no ordinary child.

 

 

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