Time to Play
15 People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 17 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
Children love to play. My son and his best friend were able to get into a street hockey tournament sponsored by an NHL player. As a parent, it was fantastic that there was no fee, but the main point is that the children were able to play four games against other kids. The tournament was mainly open to beginning hockey players, but I could see that there were some who were quite good. All of the kids received hockey sticks that were autographed in front of them by ten professional players. During the games, two of the players came down to watch, but only one came down and actually passed a ball and played with the kids for a long time. P.K. Suban’s brother, Malcolm Suban was constantly playing and enjoyed interacting with the children. The other players did take pictures with the kids in the lobby, but it is a different experience for a child to say that they played with a professional.
While others would stand at a distance from the children, Jesus welcomed them. He wanted them to come close to him and I’m sure he approached them and enjoyed spending time with them. This is the heart of God as we are His children. As children, our heavenly father has interest in our lives. He will not stand at a distance, but wants us to be close to Him. He will engage with us, but are we willing to open up and interact with Him? Sometimes it is me who will think I can’t be too childish and keep my distance from God. It’s time to let me guard down and lighten up have a child-like heart.