There was a little guy in the grocery cart ahead of me. He looked to be about twelve months old and I have to say this was not a good looking baby. As I was trying to ascertain just what it was that was so unattractive someone walked by and said, “What a beautiful child!” “Whoa,” I thought. “They must be compensating to make the parent feel good.” But, as we moved up to the register the clerk said, “What a handsome young man.” Well, the adjective “young” disqualified me so she must have been talking about the baby. Now, I have to admit had the child been mine or one of my grandchildren, for sure I would have agreed with the other people.
It just so happened there was also another similarly aged boy in the store. I thought he was precious. I wonder if the people who commented on the first child thought differently than I regarding the “precious” child. Could it have been that the second child was good-looking because he looked like my boys at that age? But I see many children that don’t look anything like my boys and I think they are really handsome. No, I have to hold on to the fact that this first child was not well formed.
Now that I have made myself look like a biased old fool by telling you all this, I do have to say since we are God’s children, His bias toward us is extremely skewed. Genesis tells us He made us in His image. I have to conclude if we were born with our nose upside-down; God would still think we were the greatest thing since sliced bread. Yeah. You really are!
Written by Roger Bothwell on October 14, 2016
PO Box 124, St. Helena, CA 94574