God's word tells us, "You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea". Exodus 20:4"
Public school for Mom was school next to a Wat (Temple). Seven Year Old Soun skips on her way to school. Her singing and hopping slows in tempo. She notices people bowing down to the monks. She’s a little irritated.
She continues hopping onward towards school. This image disturbs her. A couple of days later, as she bounces past the Wat, a monk calls for her today. He asks why she isn’t bowing. Quickly, she responds that she doesn’t need to bow; she only bows to the One True God. The monk huffs in frustration at her.
He’s thinking “What a brat! She refuses to kneel to us?!
Miffed, he shouts as she skips away “I will tell your teacher!”
Secure in God as her Creator and Friend, she continues towards her class; she skips and she waves a goodbye.
Later that day, her teacher calls for her. Teacher tells Seven Year Old Soun that when a monk speaks to her showing respect and bowing is the right thing. Disrespecting the monk is not appropriate for a student.
Seven Year Old Soun declares, “I will not bow to a man! The monk is just a man! Only God deserves worship!”
Teacher has little Soun’s fingers in her hand and hits her fingers with the ruler. Tears streaming down her cheeks, she begins wailing. She yells at Teacher saying, “God above sees this!”
Teacher, angry and annoyed at this seven year old, addresses Mom asking, “What God?! There’s no “God.”
To which Mom replies, “God, the One who created the heaven and earth. God, creator of all the plants and animals!!! This isn’t right; he sees this!”
Seeing that this defiant student has been appropriately punished, Teacher has hit her a few times on her fingers, and sends Soun back to her seat.
Soun is feeling alone, sad, and angry. She’s been disciplined for not believing what her teacher and the monk believe. She knows in her heart that God is real and he will defend her! She knows what she believes!
After school, Teacher is done with her daily duties. She wants to go have fun and visit a friend. She is excited to go meet up with her friend, but on her way to meet her friend, she’s was met by a couple of thieves instead. They attack her and take her things.
The following day, Soun sees her teacher bruised blue around her face and she announces she has to cancel school for a couple of days.
Psalm14:1a NKJV 'The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”'
Psalm 116:6 NLT " The Lord protects those of childlike faith; I was facing death, and he saved me."