Lessons From Little Ones
April 28, 2015
Then Jesus said, “Leave the children alone, and don’t try to keep them from coming to Me, because the kingdom of heaven is made up of people like this.” -Matthew 19:14 HCSB
Last weekend I flew into Maryland to see my sister, her husband, and to meet my niece for the first time. Kiley Mae is my first niece and was our miracle baby born on Christmas via emergency c-section. Originally, we were not expecting her until around Valentine’s Day, but God had other plans. Kiley was born weighing 4 pounds, 11 ounces and needed a feeding tube and oxygen. This week at her 4th month check-up, she is weighing 14 pounds and is a whomping 24 inches long. You would never know that she was a preemie and that her and her mom experienced a lot of trauma during her birth.
Thanks to technology I have been able to watch her grow, but it is not the same as having her in my arms, kissing her little face, and singing to her. Kiley has only been in our lives for four months, but we cannot imagine our lives without her. The joy, happiness, love, and laughter that she brings to our lives is unexplainable and abundantly abounds. Last weekend when I first held her I was overcome with deep joy and awe of God’s beautiful artistry in creating this adorable baby girl. This moment made me think of the story in Matthew when the little children wanted to hang-out and be with Jesus. The disciples tried to shoo them away thinking that Jesus had better things to do than play with kids and love on them. As the Scripture reads, Jesus said to His disciples, “let the little children come and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.” The Scripture is not specific in what Jesus and the kids did, but I imagine them hanging on Jesus and Him giving them piggy-back rides and telling them stories. It was a beautiful moment when the Savior of the world was bonding with future generations of leaders, fathers and mothers, tax collectors, doctors, carpenters, etc. Jesus wanted to make sure that these children knew that the Savior of the world loved and cared about them. It was also an important lesson for the disciples. We read throughout the Gospels of these tender moments that Jesus had with people where they were blessed by His company, story-telling, and receiving His love and compassion.
Sometimes as church leaders and people in ministry we forget to stop and play with the little kids from time to time. They are the next generation of leaders and it is important that they feel the love of Jesus and know that their parents, pastors, and church family care about them. Holding Kiley reminded me of this important lesson. It also gave me a chance to pray for her that she will come to find Jesus as her Savior and that she will dedicate her life to loving Him. I prayed for her health, development, and protection as she grows and learns new things every day. Whether or not you have a cute baby in your family, I challenge you to spend some time with a child, pray for them, and invest in them like Jesus did. Tap into your inner child, have fun with them, and learn from their life prospective. Let the little children come to Jesus and may they continue our legacy of faith.
Prayer: Lord God, thank you for the gift of children and the lessons that we can learn from their little lives. Let us not overlook the importance of their place in our lives and their influence in this world. Jesus, thank you for your example of love and compassion. Amen.
(Auntie Amber with baby Kiley)
Amber J. Shearer