Oh Be Careful

Oh, be careful little eyes, what you see.
Oh, be careful little eyes, what you see.
There’s a Father up above, looking down in tender love,
So be careful little eyes, what you see.

Be careful little ears what you hear
Be careful little mouth what you say…
Be careful little hands, what you touch…
Be careful little feet, where you go…”                                     ~ author unknown Is it just me? I’m not feeling the tender love. I may stand alone on this one, but I think this is a very peculiar way to teach little children about the Father. When I had little eyes and little ears, it formed a picture of God for me (we sang it a lot in Sunday School) that was a cross between The Wizard of Oz:

Wizard of Oz: [in a booming voice] Step forward, Tin Man!
Tin Woodsman: [terrified, steps forward] Ohhhh!
Wizard of Oz: [still in a booming voice] You DARE to come to me for a heart, do you? You clinking, clanking, clattering collection of caligenous junk!

And Santa Claus:

You better watch out
You better not cry
Better not pout
I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town

He’s making a list
And checking it twice;
Gonna find out Who’s naughty and nice
Santa Claus is coming to town

He sees you when you’re sleeping
He knows when you’re awake
He knows if you’ve been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!

I’d seen Santa and the Great and Powerful Oz. I hadn’t seen God yet, but apparently He had a giant eye in sky that was always looking down, watching, waiting to catch me doing something wrong. Be careful!

I spent 40 years being careful, trying and failing, wanting so desperately to never make any mistakes, before I finally saw the God, not just of glory, but of grace. We do need to be careful! Careful about the kind of pictures we paint of the Father for others.

(Casting Crowns has an interesting take on this song called Slow Fade)

Author: Debbie

A former counselor and public speaker, I'm grateful for many, many things - God's grace most of all!

2 thoughts on “Oh Be Careful”

  1. Gee that’s right Debbie hadn’t occurred to me. Ugh. “Be careful big people what you write for little children”. Thanks.

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