At that time, Jesus said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children."
When you were a child, did you enjoy playing with Play-Doh? I have such fond memories of forming shapes and creatures with this malleable, resilient medium. As my granddaughter, Virginia Rose is almost three, I decide it's high time to introduce her to the wonder and creativity Play-Doh offers.
"Gammie bought you some Play-Doh," I tell Virginia on her most recent visit. "You can make all kinds of things with it. Would you like to try it?"
Her eyes grow big with expectation and curiosity. "Yep, Gammie," she replies, always ready for something new.
As I peel the cardboard holder back from the separate containers, Virginia names the first color revealed. "Yewoah," she says. I duly open up the yellow and dump to soft lump on the parchment paper I've spread on the table. I pinch off a piece and hand it to her, then pinch off one for me. I show her how to roll it around between her palms to make a ball. She is fascinated!
We run through all five colors, making little balls with each one. Next, I show Virginia how to flatten a piece of Play-Doh and use the little animal imprints on the lids to make an impression. Of course, since she loves cats, she wants to use the kitty mold first. Her initial attempt is anything but stellar.
"You see, Virginia, you have to push down hard, like this," I tell her, and show her how by placing her hand on top of mine, letting her feel the force I'm using.
"Baby try," she says.
And, this time, success!
Virginia is so enthralled with making impressions and experimenting with different colors and shapes, I decide this is an excellent time to grab my camera while she doesn't need Gammie to entertain her. Here are some of her Play-Doh moments.
And, as I click away, capturing her rapt expressions, I am overwhelmed by how completely Virginia lives in the moment. There is no yesterday. There is no tomorrow.
There is only today. The here and now.
And, in her simply being a child, Virginia reveals to me the secret of living life to the fullest - being present, aware, awake, and alive in every precious moment God gives to us.
What have you learned through watching a child at play?
Will you pray with me?
We praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for revealing Your truths through Your precious little ones. Like them, let us savor and give thanks in each moment You give us, not worrying about tomorrow or wallowing in our past, but trusting that You are in control and will lead us in Your light. Amen.