Wook, Daddy, Wook!

by | Jun 2, 1999 | Worship

My youngest daughter was about four years old when she first discovered the principle of perspective. I had the privilege of watching the process literally from a front row seat (she was sitting in the window seat right beside me on an airplane at the time). Her discovery produced an equally significant revelation in me under the influence of the Holy Spirit. I want to take you to the new place of perspective I discovered that day.

As I explained in The God Catchers, “My youngest daughter has been flying with us since she was an ‘arm and lap’ baby.” Until that moment, she had been content to sit in her seat and play with toys or with her mother and me. This particular morning was destined to be a day of awakening.

I’ll never forget watching her little face when the plane engines roared and the plane began to pick up speed as it rolled down the runway. This time something other than her toys or parents had captured her attention. She peered out the window beside her throughout the takeoff sequence, and something happened in her mind when the plane finally left the ground.


Her body language told a tale of wonder as I watched her glance from the window of the plane to the cramped cabin inside and then back again. I leaned forward just enough to see her face as she suddenly pulled away from the window and turned to me with great big eyes.

At that time, she still had the delightful childish lisp that wrapped her daddy’s heart around her little finger. (I hated it when my daughters learned to say, “I love you, Daddy,” instead of “I wuv you, Daddy.”) She looked at me in wonder and said, “Wook, Daddy, wook!” “What is it, baby?” I said.

I knew she was about to share a life discovery with me. I could tell from the size of her eyes. She had that “little child wonderment” look.

She looked at me with those big eyes and pointed in excitement at the window of the plane and said, “Widdle people, widdle tiny cars, widdle houses.” From the elevated perspective of my maturity and wisdom, I explained to her, “Oh, no, my dear darling, those are not little people—those are normal-sized people. Those aren’t little cars— they are normal-sized cars. It’s just called perspective. We are up so high that everything below us looks small.” “No, Daddy,” she said, “I saw them—widdle people, widdle cars, widdle tiny houses.”


I tried to explain the concept of perspective to her, but she refused to acknowledge it. She was too immature to understand the power of perspective, and she continued to insist that the things she saw outside her window were little. I suppose from the view of an airplane window they were. When you fly high, whatever is beneath you appears smaller, and whatever you get close to appears bigger in your sight.

What does all of this have to do with worship? Worship is the spiritual equivalent of the power of magnification. Magnification possesses the power to turn mountains into molehills or men into grasshoppers. Very often we fly over a thunderstorm and land in the sunshine on our ministry trips. We must understand that worship does the same thing.

When the songs begin in a worship service, the worship leaders and musicians are “revving the engines” of the Spirit to run down the runway to try to lift you up above your circumstances. Some people think they are too spiritual for songs and worship. They like to say, “Well, I don’t know about you, but I live in the Spirit all the time. I don’t need warm-ups.”

God’s Eyeview p. 109 – 111, Tommy Tenney, From GodChasers.network, The Ministry of Tommy Tenney

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Wook, Daddy, Wook!