It is no surprise at all to me that most adults and almost all children are oblivious to what is going on in the background. They fail to see the hand behind them to prevent them from going end over end on the bed or the cars in the street. They are determined and focused and energy balls. The children that is. The adults I still haven’t quite figured out. They go to the store buy the steak and the charcoal and the potatoes and the butter. They go to their offices and have clean restrooms and cleaned desks and are oblivious absolutely to how or who cleaned them or when. What person went out of their way to put on a carnival and set up the equipment ( http://wp.me/p2qsby-3g ) or what person(s) set up their concerts or art projects.. The average person is indeed not aware of how these things happened.
Most children think their parents are superpowered people because the parents know what they are doing without seeing them. They fail to realize the noise they are making in getting the cookies and the pristine cellophane wrapper peeled away from them. They also not being aware of surroundings, let alot of things pass right over their precious heads. Adults that miss this stuff are ‘determined and focused’ on their project but kids simply can’t be aware of it. Kids really understand that they are hungry, tired, wet, angry and they have no idea what goes on in the background to make these things go away. The cognitive mind doesn’t generally computer Tylenol with alot of people in a factory and the leaders of said ‘hell’ or the trucking company and its management to get product there or the people who work (sometimes cheerfully, and other times, downright rude!) at our grocery or gas stations and the vast infrastructure they depend on. “You didn’t build that.” Oh go get bent! This was built by people with an idea. The idea was nurtured by those unafraid to take the risk of reward in their clutches and carry this daunting task forward.
Adults have long been known to watch this way when this thing over here is happening. Please don’t let this become you. Please nurture your children in the background. The greatest things come from the background workers. A tooth is just not thought of until it hurts. A hat is not regrettably lost until needed to combat the ravages of the sun and a car is just a vehicle until it breaks down. But, how often do we depend on those in the background to produce our life’s comfort factor. It is huge to know that the guy down the street can change oil in a vehicle to keep it from needing major work and overhauling. It is exceptional to know that some exercise and proper foods can keep a person from the visit to the highly specialized doctor with ultra sophisticated machines. A little bit of focus on the background can change a persons perception factor.
It’s weird to think that even the littlest child has no worry that their might be a predator at a mall or a murderer on a warpath. It’s scary that we, as parents or even just kind concerned citizens, have to trust in our knowledge of what’s in the background to keep them safe. There was a time when the neighbor down the street would swat your butt for disrespect or the teacher with a ruler or any number of good, hard working, upstanding people looking out for everyone. Those days have eerily drifted right on past because we ‘didn’t like everyone knowing us.’ Sad! True! Ear poppingly, jaw droppingly insane that we are left with no one down the street who will rush in front of the vehicle and scoop up a child about to get hit. My advice is to simply get to know people again and sit on your porch. Be like a college kid but minus perhaps the alcohol induced screaming at passerby. Go back to the simple Barney Fife Mayberry place where we are reminded that it does in fact, “take a village to raise a child.” You know why now don’t you? Because they don’t know what’s going on in the background.
We don’t either sometimes. Frequently we pray and pray and pray but we don’t know how God is going to answer these incredibly magnificent things to be handled, but we trust in the background.
Psalm 137:1-4 states
By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, sing us one of the songs of Zion. How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land.
This depicts perfectly what goes on in the background. Frogs, pestilence, murder, betrayal, first borns, smoke by day and fire by night, waters parting, waters gushing from rocks, bread from heaven, quail from heaven…..God provides for us by His might from the background. We too ought to be concerned with our backgrounds and what is in them.