Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
Our granddaughter, Savannah Jane, now 10 months old, is plunged into a crowded world of unfamiliar adults at our recent family gathering to celebrate my 60th birthday. As you can surmise from the photo above, there are plenty of folks to adjust to and get to know. She spends most of the first hour of introduction intermittently crying on the shoulders of her mom or dad. She is not a happy camper!
We all pay due respect to this precious child's need to acclimate to an entirely new situation; it is unanimously understood. We are patient, cautious and kind. By the time the group photo is taken, Savannah Jane is completely in her comfort zone, neither worried nor concerned by the confusion swirling around her. Instead, she finds peace and a sense of place.
She has found her stride, and is right where she is supposed to be.
In the midst of all, loved.
In the uncertainty of it all, loved.
In the brevity or longevity of contact, loved.
So many times, we cry just like Savannah Jane did when we feel overwhelmed by life's circumstances and fail, in those moments, to feel the presence of the Father in our lives.
But we can discover that treasure once again when focus upon the face of a child, one like Savannah in whose eyes the Kingdom of Heaven still lingers.
We will find our stride.
We will know exactly where we are supposed to be.
In the midst of doubt and uncertainty, we will feel God's presence.
In the brevity or longevity of trial and tribulation, we will know His love.
Heaven has come to earth through the presence of a child. May each of you find that blessing!
Will you remember that you are God's child? He so loves you and you are precious in His sight.
Prayer: Father, let us come into Your presence with child-like faith, knowing we are Your beloved children. Let our trust and faith in You be pure and holy at all times. May we serve You in loving gratitude each and every day. In Jesus' name we pray, amen.