Monday, September 5, 2016
Monday Morning Devo - Through the Eyes of a Child
Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:13-14
Why were children so important to Jesus? Even when He was weary and the disciples were trying to protect Him from one more thing to do before they had to go on to the next place. Children--especially toddlers, it seems, have that sense of fascination adults have often lost over the years. New sensations (like the first grass they feel), new tastes (might be that same grass!), new activities (getting buried in the fall leaves)--all bring wide-eyed wonder.
And the adults watching the wee ones smile, marveling with them over things we'd long ignored. I remember when my older boy had his first birthday. I gave him a small plate with his piece of cake on it. He loved up the dessert, and then he started chewing on the dish.
I don't know about you, but I always feel a sense of wonder when I think about how big God's love is, how abundant His grace, how amazing His patience. It's easy for me to picture Him holding the children on His lap and blessing them. I can imagine Him chuckling over some excited children telling him about the bugs they found, about their pets, or the games they played. Everything they said would have been important.
I'd love to give you all a shot at wonder--go out and stare at the sunset, watch the colors change. When the autumn colors begin showing up around your neighborhood, check out those leaves. Maybe even rake them into a pile and go stomping through them. So what if you have to rake them again. Good exercise, right?
So--go for it! Today is Labor Day--so ahake off the work for a few minutes and go wondering.
Dear Lord, thank You for eyes, ears, and touch to explore the miracles around us. Amen.