Devotion

View From A Squat
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

I was determined to get a few emails sent out before my 2-year-old woke up and took hold of the reins of my day. My little angel greets each day with an abundance of happiness and curiosity. Sometimes when I am watching Ella play by herself, it appears that she is entertaining friends I cannot see. If it were so, I'd have to say they are taller than her, because she is always standing on her tippy toes and looking up with a grand smile on her face.  Oh, well, so much for the emails. Here she is smiling a mouth full of tiny teeth and rubbing sleep from her eyes. I relinquish my agenda as she pulls me to her favorite play spot on the kitchen floor and beckons me to sit down. I squat instead. Her little hands turn my face up toward the window over the sink, and then it happens. She begins to twirl around on her tippy toes, giggle, and smile...and I see why. Looking through the window, I witness the gentle movement of showcasing sunlight shining through. I see a bird land on the window's ledge - peeping in as if to say, 'good morning'. Dew is dripping from the nearby tree leaves. My soul shifts to a place of peace and contentment. Ella drew my attention away from my priorities and showed me what was more important...the sweet nature of God. This made me think of how much we adults must be careful and attentive in making sure children are able to see God's nature in our actions as they look up to us. There - in your sanctified imagination - can you see your Father smiling at you and saying, "Good morning?" God bless our children for reminding us grown folks that we, too, will always be a child in the loving care of our Heavenly Father.

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