As many who read this blog know, my wife and I have two grandchildren, aged four and two. This morning I was on a Video call with both my daughters, and the two children, when a real blessing occurred. One of them found a feature on the call that gave them a cartoon microphone and she began to sing. The song of a two year old is a most wonderful thing to behold – full of nonsensical words, but also full of energy, joy and an unrestrained enthusiasm in what she was doing. It was heavenly, and such a wonderful “interruption” into a world filled with gloom and doom, it truly made my heart sing.
Not to be outdone her older brother also sang – more understandable words but the same energy, joy and enthusiasm along with a touch of comedy as he used a couple of words that he knew he shouldn’t but carried off with such gusto you couldn’t help but laugh. And the facial expressions…well, a picture to behold.
There is something about small children – their joy at simply being with you; their lack of embarrassment or concern about what others might think; their acceptance of everyone who is introduced to them by their parents; and their complete and utter trust in Mum and Dad to do the right thing. No wonder Jesus said in Matthew 18 v 3, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Or in Matthew 19 v4, “ “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
As adults we manage to complicate everything don’t we? Small children may have fallings-out with each other but they are swiftly forgotten and friendship restored; life is simple, and full of wonder for them. And here Jesus is calling us to rediscover the joy of friendship, forgiveness, simplicity and wonder in order to begin, and grow, a relationship with Him. A relationship of trust, openness and willingness to try new things. A relationship where we are free to live because we know we are unconditionally loved and that our Father God will always be with us to lead, guide, comfort and heal. The call is not to become childish, but childlike – and there’s a quite a big difference between the two!
May we all become more childlike and so grow in our faith and our relationship with Jesus. may we trust Him completely, and out of that trust may we engage with Him and the world with the freedom and abandon that we see in the small people in our lives.
I regularly thank God for my Grandchildren (and my children, of course!) – today I am especially thankful as He used them to bless me, and to remind me of His love. I hope this blog goes a little way towards doing that for you, too/