Key Verse: Matthew 19:14, “But Jesus said, ‘Suffer little children, and forbid them not. To come unto me: for such is the kingdom of heaven.’”
My husband and I have been remodeling a house for nearly eight years now. That’s right! EIGHT. YEARS. It’s been a long journey. We closed on the house the day our fourth child was born. It was a foreclosure in pretty bad shape, but it’s right across the alley from my husband’s parents. We didn’t want to go into debt to fix it since we had a, well, much smaller, home already. So we worked on it as we had the money and time.
The years passed and we had two more children. Money and time were both in short supply and then last year our church stepped in to help us. We bought electrical supplies and the people of our church ran it for us. We bought dry wall and they hung it for us. Several members of our church donated new windows, blew in insulation where needed, and installed the Longwood furnace we purchased. Before we knew it more was accomplished on our home in two months than we had managed on our own in over seven years.
While the men from our church were working, the kids and I had tried to stay out of the way, only coming in to serve meals and fellowship or to consult on materials. When the men finished the work of hanging the drywall, it was my turn to work and by work I mean paint. At first, I wanted to do the painting myself. I wanted it to be perfect, to fit the images I had carried in my mind, for over seven years, of how it would look once it was complete, but the children wanted to help. They begged. They promised to be careful. I acquiesced.
Despite their good intentions, the children’s painting didn’t meet my high standards, of course. The paint dripped down the wall and on the floor. I spent as much time trying to teach them and helping clean up messes as I did painting. But through the experience I realized something: the children were so full of enthusiasm and joy! They loved helping, rejoicing in being part of building our family home.
That was what God wants from us, the childlike enthusiasm and joy. He doesn’t expect us to start out perfect. We are like the children, filled with good intentions but unable to fulfill them on our own. It is through Him that we achieve perfection. Our role is to worship and to rejoice in the work He has given us, to look forward to one day living in our heavenly home.
Are we walking each day filled with joy and a childlike wonder at the relationship that we can have with our Father in heaven? Are we giving our all, throwing ourselves with enthusiasm into the tasks we have before us?
Lord, we long to someday be with You in heaven. Help us to be child-like; placing all our trust in You, facing each day with joy and wonder knowing that because You sent Your Son to save us, we have the opportunity to someday dwell in Your heavenly kingdom. In Jesus’ name, Amen.