Isaiah 11:6 – The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them.
Luke 18:17 – Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.
Yesterday, I wrote about the overwhelming joy and gladness I experienced when my grandson was born. In the short (two plus) years of his life he has taught me much about God and humankind. The most common metaphor in scripture about God is the relationship of a loving parent to children. The entry of a small baby into the life and heart of someone who is my age reinforces that metaphor in a most powerful way.
It was a Saturday afternoon in the spring of 1996 and mom and grandma had gone shopping leaving the baby with "gumpa." I was planning to watch the Expos on TV and so I changed the diaper and carefully laid the boy down on the couch beside me for his afternoon nap. It wasn't long before he got restless and so I picked him up and laid him with his head on my shoulder and he snuggled himself as tightly as he could under my chin. It wasn't long before he was completely calmed down and sleeping and I had turned off the TV to experience this wonderful closeness without distraction.
What a vivid demonstration of the peace that we experience if we rest in the arms of God. I wonder when it is in life that we lose that sense of complete trust in God that provides the kind of security that gives us peace to the extent that restlessness ceases and refreshment comes. We all lose that trust somehow in the trials of life and yet God's promise and God's yearning for the experience remains – if we would only appropriate it.
Prayer: O God, Parent of us all, we give you thanks that you calm and restore us, as the fruits of Your love, when we trust you. May everyone seek the peace of being held tightly in Your loving arms. Amen.