But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these."
Last Saturday, we celebrate our granddaughter, Virginia Rose's, second birthday. Danny and I can't wait to see her reaction to the gifts we have chosen for her. Personally, I think the balloon will delight her the most.
She loves all the Seseme Street characters, especially Elmo.
The minute her daddy, John, carries her into the house, Virginia spots the balloon and points to it. We give it to her, and she hangs on tightly, tugging merrily on the ribbon to make it bounce up and down. Then, she spies the gifts wrapped in star-spangled paper.
"Stahhs," she says, wriggling in John's arms, wanting to get down and check out the packages.
"Yes, those are your birthday presents, Virginia, her mom, Sarah, tells her. "Let's take them to the living room where you can open them."
John grabs the large box while Virginia helps Sarah bring the smaller packages. She loves to do "big girl" things! Oh, and the balloon, which has yet to leave her hand, follows her to our gift-opening destination.
As I watch Virginia, I marvel at how quickly she has grown and changed in two short years. And, I can't help but wonder what God has in store for her in the days to come.
What special gifts He has for her to unwrap.
What wondrous surprises He has in store.
Those which give her moments of delight and discovery.
And, the courage and willingness to try new things.
Teaching her to ever stand in awe of His magnificent creation.
And, grow in His word.
Showing her how to be still and know He is God.
Comforting her in times of sorrow . . .
Assuring her that she is His child, and she is infinitely loved.
Promising that He will celebrate with her all the many, many birthdays to come!
When have you seen the kingdom of God through the eyes of a child?
Will you join me in prayer?
Let us receive Your Kingdom, Father, as little children, full of wonder, innocence, and trust. Bless these little ones who teach us what it means to have complete faith in You. Amen.