children beckoning to come

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder

them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

(Matthew 19:14)

He picked a dandelion to place in a vase.
“ A beautiful flower, just for you.”
She scribbled a drawing to mount in a frame.
“ A picture I made, just for you.”
They snuggled closer, needing my presence.
“I love you”, each said, with adoring eyes.
Secure in my arms, in peaceful trust,
My little ones came unto me for rest.

The gifts are simple, openly given with innocent love. The desire to be near in the presence of the parent, a need deep within, is one that must be met. The trust is given with no fear or worry, knowing security and peaceful rest are found in the parent’s embrace.

What can we learn from our little children? Jesus says that “the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” When we are like these young ones who willingly give, adoringly love, unconditionally trust, and willfully seek the comforting arms of the parent—we can become the “such as these.”

Christ teaches us that we must be like these little children in order to “belong” in heaven. As adults, we need to understand the perspective of the child whom Jesus welcomes. It is from the child’s level, kneeling down and lowering ourselves, where we can look upward to our Father with adoration, unconditional love, complete trust, and the sincere faith that true rest is only found in His presence.

We are the adults with the responsibility to provide loving and secure earthly homes for our children. We must be worthy of their love and trust.
We are the adults who must become like our little children to approach Our Father in Heaven and be welcomed by His “come to me.” He will not hinder us; only we can prevent our acceptance, our belonging, into the Kingdom of Heaven.

(Sharon G. Tate blog 11/08/15) Meditations on God’s Word

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