The other day I was looking after my 20-month-old granddaughter. It was her first sleepover. What a joy! To her, everything is full of surprises. She looks into everything, discovers things she has never seen or done before, and draws me into her delight. She helps me to see things with different eyes that make me appreciate life more.
Matthew 18:3 says the disciples asked Jesus who was the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus called a little child and had him stand among them: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
Little children seek and find, discover and dwell upon the delights of this world and live life to the full. This is how we need to be with God. Seeking him and so finding him, discovering and dwelling upon the delights of God’s world and living life to the full as Jesus describes: “I have come that you might have life and have it to the full.” John 10:10.
My granddaughter Charlotte and I went outside. She loves being outside! I picked a flower for her and suggested she had a smell. She didn’t put the flower close to her nose but nearly up her nose. Wow. That is what we should be like with God! Get him up your nose, into us and then we will have life to the full.
Dwelling with Him – oh, it is so satisfying! I just forget till a little child reminds me what I’m missing out on.
Then I discover things about God, about myself, about life that help me living the life that I’m meant to live. Then I, with God’s grace, may enter the Kingdom of Heaven, my ultimate destination. It is all about me and my relationship with God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit. So, my granddaughter taught me a lesson – stop and smell the roses. Actually, stop and smell the CREATOR of the roses!!!-breathe HIM all in.
May these jottings from my journal inspire you to believe in and fall in love with Christ- the hope of the world, as stated in Jeremiah 17:7, ‘Blessed is the man who believes and trusts in and relies on the Lord and whose hope and confident expectation is the Lord!’