The joy of children

There is something infectious about the joy of a child.

We have tasted something of that in the last couple of weeks, entertaining and being entertained by the children of our two daughters and our son.

My wife and I are used to our routines – comfortable.  But tiring as it sometimes is, there is nothing that will bring a smile to our faces as quickly as a joyful grandchild.

Of course, they have their down moments – tears here and there.

But, generally, the tears are gone in a flash and they are on to something else.

I imagine God looks upon us – his children – and laughs when we laugh.  There is the wonderful verse in Zephaniah 3:17 which I return to again and again: “. . . He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”

Naturally, little children don’t know much about how to handle the uncertainties of life.  We were once children but have grown cautious about people and events as we have grown older.  We no longer take things at face value the way children do.

God knows this.  He knows us.

But one thing we can take at face value – God himself.  He does delight in us the way we delight in our grandchildren.

In fact, he wants us to come to him the way our grandchildren come to us.

Perhaps you remember the passage in Mark 10 where the disciples wanted to protect Jesus from being bothered by children.

Jesus said: “Let the children come to me.  Don’t stop them!  For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.  I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”

The faith of a child – that’s what God is asking of me.  And he’s asking me to enjoy him the way he enjoys me.

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