“ ‘For instance, from here that looks like a bucket of water,’ he said, pointing to a bucket of water; ‘but from an ant’s point of view it’s a vast ocean, from an elephant’s just a cool drink, and to a fish, of course, it’s home. So, you see, the way you see things depends a great deal on where you look at them from.’ ” – The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
The fifth grade class has spent the last couple weeks enjoying and studying Norton Juster’s The Phantom Tollbooth. We’ve dug deep into the allegory, working to understand what is beyond the surface. The main character, Milo, learns many important life lessons along the way, but perspective is one of my favorites. As the fifth graders are learning, not everyone sees the world the same way, and as one fifth grader pointed out, our perspective as Christians will be quite different from that of the world. When the world sees an ocean of chaos, we see a God who calms waters and parts seas; when the world simply sees a cool drink, we see a God who provides for our every need; and when the world sees Earth as our only home, we see a God who has made an eternal home for us.
This discussion of perspective does not stop however, with our examination of literature, but spills over into our studies of the first European explorers in America, ocean currents and Earth’s weather conditions, and of course, into our everyday lives. As a class, we strive to see the world through a Biblical perspective, as well as endeavor to understand each other’s points of view. My prayer is that as a class we would grow to see the world less and less from our own perspective, but that Christ would give us his eyes to see the world more and more as he sees it.
Stephanie Gourley joined the Lynn Campus faculty this past fall as the 5th grade teacher.