The Knife And The Eye

the knife and the eye                                     the knife and the eye.

We just got home that evening and it was just getting dark. I went straight into the kitchen to get dinner ready. When suddenly out went the lights!

It took just a flicker of moments for the lights to come back on but
before then I heard a heart piercing shrilling cry from the front porch. In all the five years we’ve had him I had never heard my first son Joshua scream out in such heart wrenching pain. I was fixed to the ground, with all manner of thoughts going through my head.
Thank God my husband was home, I was numb, truly numb in fear, my heart was skipping beats in their tens and I was afraid to ask what had happened. All I heard was a passionate, almost weeping plea from my husband: “Josh please open your eyes…” He repeated it over and over again.
My second boy had put a knife into his elder brother’s eye and he just couldn’t open it. When finally, after what seemed like forever he opened his eye just very slightly, there was a blood shoot in it. When we got to the doctor she said if the knife had moved even slightly further from where it had stopped, the eye would have been permanently damaged. But thank God it didn’t.
Josh turned ten this April and five years after the incident, his eyes are sharp and clear. And we are totally grateful to God for this.
 
Now Why Did This Happen?
My boys had been watching one children’s animated video series and “The Sword Of The Spirit” which the good guy uses to fight evil was a very fun and curios part for my children. They always practised at every opportunity how to fight with this sword to “kill” evil.
So that evening, when Josh picked a stick to start a “fight”, his brother ran into the kitchen to look for his own sword and that was the moment the lights went out and he had grabbed a kitchen knife to “fight” back. I was standing right there and in those few moments I didn’t know my knife had left the kitchen and gone into Joshua’s eyes.
What Are Your Children Watching?
Of course we removed the whole series of that movie, even though on a general note the content is healthy, the violence being portrayed was becoming a wrong influence on our boys. I felt guilty as I thought that how couldn’t I notice when my son took the knife from the kitchen, how be it in the dark? But in order to remove such thoughts and actions and to stop it from reoccurring we had to totally remove the movies.
We watch what our children watch. No matter the pressures, we have chosen to doctor every single thing they watch while under our care, and in our house. We also talk to them about watching the right things, and pray they listen, take it to heart, and obey.
You know, what our children do not get exposed to, they will not desire. They already have enough media junk troubling them outside. Let us as parents do our best to protect and shield them from these harmful media contents.
Several cartoons shown on TV, are not positive influences for our children, most of them are full of witchcraft, manipulations, rebellion, curse words and all.
I am not of the school of thought that we should throw our children into the world so they can learn to face it. I believe that we have to do our very best to lay the right foundations before doing that, so that no matter how hard pressed they are, they will choose right over wrong. They may make mistakes but not as much as when they are ill equipped to face the temptations out there. And teaching them to expose themselves to the right things is key.
What if that eye had gone blind? How would we have been able to explain to Josh how his own brother was responsible, what could have resulted from that, anger, bitterness, resentment, would he have forgiven him or not? I don’t even want to imagine it. Praise God I do not have to!
They got this idea from something they watched, WHAT ARE YOUR CHILDREN WATCHING?!



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Ugochi Oritsejolomisan

Ugochi Oritsejolomisan is a Christ-follower, wife to Benson, mother of 3 awesome boys, God's agent, speaker and blogger. Writing to inspire you for a better life in God! Find her on: google
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13 Comments

  1. My wife would not allow our children to watch the three stooges because they always hit each other. The children did not consider cartoon animation as real violence, but the three stooges were real and easy to imitate. I can’t imagine a Christian series being so brainless to encourage swords and fighting. Glad your son was not permanently damaged.

  2. Thanks Shalu, and for stopping by!

  3. Very interesting read.

  4. Thanks Bridget, it was really scary, but thank God it ended well. I appreciate your stopping by.
    God’s grace!

  5. I hope you’ll join us for the ride at localsugarhawaii.com, we could use your experience and way with words as we make our journey through life at a come as you are kind of site…

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    Nicole
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  6. I was hanging on your every word and am so glad I made it to the part where your little boy became a ten year old with beautiful eyesight– thank goodness for that.

    I’m following you now and am hoping to hear of many, many more happy endings for you and your family. Thanks for joining the Aloha Friday Hop and for sharing your stories with us.

    Aloha,
    Nicole
    localsugarhawaii.com

  7. How frightening!! I am SO glad they are both okay. I couldn’t even imagine. I’m following you back from What’s cooking in the burbs. Thanks so much for the nice comments on my blog. Have a great weekend!

  8. Very scary indeed Jean, I thought my heart stopped for some split seconds. Thanks for coming by again.
    God’s grace!

  9. Thanks kelly, I am grateful to God for this too!

  10. Very scary. Thank God nothing terrible happened!!! It’s scary to think what kind of impact everything our children watch or learn at school as on them. Very scary. Just thanking the Lord that they’re both okay.

    Thanks for visiting the Hop again. I’ve followed you back in every way you have possible. Love your blog!! God bless!!

    http://www.whatjeanlikes.com

  11. My goodness! My heart stopped and my stomach hit the floor reading this one. What a reminder!!! I am SO happy he is OK!!!! WOW!!! Thank you for stopping by my blog today!!! I hope you have a happy weekend! Newest follower!

  12. You are right, we should also watch our children’s friends.Thanks Michelle for stopping by.

  13. I was so worried when I started reading this post. I’m so glad your son is okay!! There is noway my son is watching anything violent on television, I don’t even like it when his friends come over and bring gun toys! I’m a new follower from aloha blog hop 🙂

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