Having a baby is an exciting time in a family’s lives. The preparations, the anticipation and excitement all play a part in the months leading up to the birth of a baby.
When the baby arrives, there are a few months of complete dependence on others caring for their every need, but during that time, our hearts are consumed with the tender new life that belongs to us.
As the months go on, we see every new development, and watch in amazement as they learn. Babies turn into toddlers that are fascinated with all that life has to offer. We see the sparkle in their eyes as they see pretty lights, flying bugs and family pets. Life is amazing to them, and we enjoy watching their amazement.
Jesus loved children. His Word says that all of us are fearfully and wonderfully made, and we can imagine that the laughter, the innocence, the pure hearts and faith were all things that brought a smile to the face of Jesus. Mark 10:13-16 tells this story:
“And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.”
Jesus sees so many qualities in the little ones that He would like to see in those of us who are adults! Let us all look within and examine ourselves. Have we expressed our fascination to God lately for the amazing things He has created for us to enjoy? The scenery, the flowers, the animals, the puffy white clouds.
Children are easily pleased. They don’t complain about their clothes, or what’s for lunch. How are we? Are we thankful that our needs are met?
Do we express joy and love to those around us? Do we forgive easily? Do we strive to keep our hearts pure, praying for God to create in us a clean heart?
It’s easy to see why Jesus wanted the little ones to come to Him. He still wants all of us to come to Him with the characteristics of a child. Life has a way of sidetracking us when we’re older, with hardships and disappointments that have come our way. Even so, we don’t have to stay in a place of bitterness or a place where we can’t ask God to renew us. A humble heart with thankfulness for all He has done can help us get back up and face each new day with the tender mercies and love of God.
Jesus loves the little children. Your donations provide the needs that take care of those in our care. And whether we are one day old, or one hundred years old, we are still children to Him—His children—and He loves us all.