How do I see God in my Kids?
She’s doing it again. She’s supposed to be outside playing, but she snuck in through the dog door and pushed one of her little chairs up to my desk, watching what I’m doing. In a moment, I know she’s going to start trying to stretch a foot over my lap so she can actually sit with me. Being next to me isn’t enough. She needs direct contact. She needs my undivided attention. Its charming and endearing and annoying all at the same time.
My darling little two-and-a-half-year-old who just wants to be with me. She’ll do what she has to do to be near me. She mastered using the doggie door to exit and enter the house so she can find me, wherever I am, and tell me about everything she’s doing. She learned how to push chairs and carry boxes around so she can climb up and see what I’m doing. She’s even tried, unsuccessfully, to lift me out of my chair when just pulling on my hand didn’t work.
But God is like that too, isn’t He? He wants to be near us. He wants us to be close to Him. He’ll sneak in when we are so focused on the things we think are important and remind us that He is still there, waiting for us to join Him. And He’ll get our attention however He needs so that He can show us what He wants us to see. It gives me fresh perspective on Jesus telling his disciples, “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 NIV).”
Heaven belongs to such as these. Heaven belongs to the ones who will climb through doors, onto chairs, over tables, and wiggle their way into spaces too small for them. Heaven belongs to the ones who delight in showing others the simple treasures they’ve found outside. Heaven belongs to the ones who enjoy the wind in their faces and the grass under their toes. Heaven belongs to the ones who are excited to see what is going on, even if they don’t understand any of it.
Reversing this perspective, this is the heart and attitude Jesus desires of me. When I am out, doing my thing, and I see something wonderful, strange, confounding, or exciting, He desires that I run to Him, or at least call on Him to point it out. When I accomplish something challenging, or finish a project, or even just fail at what I’m trying to do and need help, God would still like me to call out to Him, and crawl through doors and onto chairs to get to Him and show him what has just happened.
Perhaps this is what God meant in Jeremiah 29:13, “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” When it’s the most important thing in the world to find God, and share our hearts' delights and defeats with Him, we will find Him. We will see Him everywhere, and we will desire His presence in everything.
This is why heaven belongs to ones who have child-like faith. Because they know that nothing can separate them from God, and therefore, nothing can stop them from getting to Him. “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39).” If nothing separates us from Him, then nothing should stop us from reaching out for contact, calling up for God’s attention, and turning our gaze to His works and ways even though we might not be able to understand it all. Nothing should be more important than being led outside, away from our realms of responsibility, and being shown the wonders of His creation.
Megan Joraanstad is the mom of two rambunctious young children, Asher and Joy, and the wife to Seth. She not-so-recently obtained her Masters degree in Old Testament Studies from Denver Seminary, but continues to enjoy being an OT nerd and scholar when she isn't making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. She loves gardening, her orchids, coaching gymnastics, and writing both non-fiction and fiction. She day-dreams of one day being able to sleep in on Saturday morning.