AM Psalm 119:145-176; PM Psalm 128, 129, 130
Exodus 7:8-24; 2 Corinthians 2:14-3:6; Mark 10:1-16
“Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
– Mark 10:15
When I was a young adult, I was awkward around children. I didn’t know what to say, how to interact or even relate. I was scared to hold a baby. I avoided children. Why was it so difficult? I was, in fact, a child myself at one time, wasn’t I?
The years since my son came into my life have been extraordinary. His pure innocence, natural wonder for the world, instinctive trust in goodness, and generous love for others and for life itself helped me to remember what my own relationship with God must have been like at one time. If you ask a young child why they love a rainbow, they won’t try to find the meaning of life or write an exegesis about it! They love a rainbow just because they do. They love because they love. Or simply, they love.
Because we grow up and live in a broken world, we adults often doubt. We are guarded, prideful, fearful. We become blind: we create obstacles to a wholesome relationship with our Heavenly Father.
The good news is, if we choose to look deep within our hearts, we can discover that we are still the same child that God designed us to be.
Today, if you have the pleasure to be around a young child, let them lead the way. Or, allow yourself to surrender, even for a moment, to the everyday beauty and blessings, however small, that surround you.
- Kate Brigham