Friday, May 3, 2019
Happy Birthday, Savannah Jane!
People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. 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. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."
Last Saturday, we celebrate granddaughter, Savannah Jane's, fifth birthday. Oh, what a joyous occasion! She is, at this stage in her life, well aware that the day's festivities revolve around her.
On this special day, I see a very different Savannah than the one who instigates raids on older sister, Virginia's, room. She is patient and undemanding, seeming to revel in the ambiance of the moment instead of insisting that gifts be opened and cake be served immediately.
But when those moments do arrive, she is completely enthralled and captivated by the wonder of it all.
And oh, the unfettered joy and delight upon receiving a gift she requested - Everest from Paw Pals!
"Baby" Alexandra has to hone in on her older "Sissy's" big day.
But that's okay with Savannah. Being 15 months apart, it's like they're joined at the hip. Praying already that Alexandra will survive the transition when Savannah goes to kindergarten this August.
Virginia Rose, however, shows the grace of which she is made, and never once hogs the spotlight.
And what better time to let loose than at a birthday celebration? Savannah and Alexandra harbor no reservations in letting it all hang out!
I can't help but hear Jesus' words as I watch the grand-girls cutting up: "The kingdom of God belongs to such as these."
Open, honest, loving, trusting, celebrating with abandon.
How far are we, as adults, removed from those emotions that we, ourselves, once cherished? The joy in the moment? The trust in the people who surround us with love? The belief that we are cherished fully and unconditionally?
And more importantly yet, how many of us are surrendering to the inner child that longs to be held in the arms of Jesus, and to know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that in Him, all is well? Are we unsuccessfully trying to make it in the world on our own, or are we willing to surrender to the Lord, climb up on His welcoming lap, and simply lean into and upon Him for comfort and peace?
Children, as Jesus so wisely pointed out, should never be discounted. Their natural insights and innocence remind us of things we should ever remember as we seek the kingdom of heaven.
For in as much as it belongs to us, it belongs to them first.
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