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AUGUST 2014 THEME: As Little Children
I have always felt very close to the “little child” I physically left behind some forty plus years ago. As time marched on, growing up meant tucking away many of the toys that had brought me so much pleasure and comfort. Great responsibilities lay ahead. Blissful innocence gave way to coming-of-age and an awareness of the world’s dark underbelly. Carefree hours of play and dreams filled with possibility were stolen away in the face of harsh realities.
But, in Luke 18:17, as the disciples are frowning upon carefree, innocent children clamoring after Jesus with their arms raised towards Him for an expectant embrace and affirming Word, Jesus rebukes them with a curious statement. Or, perhaps more than that – an indictment of the self-important grown-up, as the case may be . . .
Children look up. They know they are small. They look up to the adults in their lives for direction and guidance.
They expect to sit lower, at the “kid’s table.”
They know obedience is required of them and they want to comply even though they must struggle to do so as they learn the frailties of their flesh.
They look to the grown-ups in their lives to provide for their every need and are usually not shy about asking for their heart’s desire. They will learn to take “no” for an answer in its season. They will learn to “wait.” And, with an enthusiastic shout of unfettered joy and exuberant dancing, their little hearts will overflow when “yes” is poured over them like an abundant balm.
And, in an attempt to put all the pieces of this curious world together, they shamelessly ask “Why?” Over and over again. Until they find the answer. OR, until they learn to TRUST that the grown-up in their life knows the answer . . . and all will be well.
Is this the level of innocence with which we blood-bought children of God enter into His Presence in our daily communion with Him? Is this how we enter into the study of His Word?
When you open your Bible, do you squirm with anticipation and a giggle of glee chirping,
“Tell me a story, Jesus! I want to hear Your Story, Jesus!”
Do you linger over the pictures? Or, are they just words on the page.
I’m in the process of writing a series of picture books for “children of all ages” based on this Biblical premise. I am grieved when I have to explain that picture books – no matter what the dollar and cents market may contend – are powerful vehicles of communication to ALL ages.
If you have ears to hear and eyes to see . . . as a little child.
Therefore, I contend . . .
Challenge: Think of a picture book that captivated you as a child. What spoke to you in it? Do you own it now? If so – take it out and snuggle quietly in a chair and read it to your inner child. If you don’t have it, head to the library and make time to bless and nurture the hungry child within. Your grown-up world needs the respite. God has something to minister to you in that place . . .
If you humble yourself as a little child and meet Him there . . .
With eyes to see and ears to hear . . .
And arms open wide for His embrace.
This is the 1st installment of Word & Image August 2014: As Little Children.
Click below for the other posts in the series:
NEXT WEEK: As little children wounded and abused . . .
Sharing As Little Children: Humble this week with:
Judith at Whole Hearted Wednesdays
Tell His Story with Jennifer Dukes Lee
Lyli at Thought Provoking Thursdays at 3D Lessons 4Life
Laura on Faith Filled Friday at Missional Women
Fellowship Fridays at Christian Mommy Blogger
Still Saturday with Sandra Heska King
My Fresh Brewed Life with Barbie – Weekend Brew
Charlotte at Spiritual Sundays