Jesus is clear in His teaching that we are to come to Him as a child.
It is helpful to nurture relationships with children so that we can gain insight into what it is about a child that Jesus desires from us. What can children teach us as we watch them with an intent to learn from them?
I was given the gift of a visit from a young boy this weekend. In one sense, he simply accompanied his mother and grandmother but in a deeper sense God used Him to remind me of what He is looking for in my heart.
Let me begin my saying I believe I have earned this young mans trust. When we first met, He clung to his grandmother and spoke politely but guardedly. Now that we have been together several times he is relaxed in my home.
I was captivated by his eye contact. He watched me with anticipation. He looked eager to know what I might want to say to him or what ideas I might have for us to do together. I was honored to see that he felt safe. As the family left, I knew that this child trusted me.
So, Father, let me greet you this morning by giving you the joy I received from my young friend.
I want to tell you that I am watching You today. Your eyes range to and fro to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to you. (2 Chronicles 16:9)I want that to be me.
I am eager to hear what you have to say to me today. The Sovereign Lord wakens me morning by morning. Wakens my ear to listen as one being taught.(Isaiah 50:4) My ears are tuned for Your voice.
I am looking forward to what plans you have for us to do together. You know the plans you have for me. Plans for good and not for evil to give me a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)
I feel safe with you. I know you will never leave me nor forsake me.
I trust You, Father. I want joy and glory to come to You through me today.
Thank you for reminding me of these things through a child.
I pray these things with the help of the Holy Spirit in the Name of Jesus. Amen.