Last week I got to come and be around these children as they enjoyed Vacation Bible School (VBS). If you want to have your heart blessed then all you need to do is come and be in the presents of these little ones.
VBS means so many different things for different people. For almost all of the parents it’s a few nights without our children, a night or two of rest. For some it’s a night with 30-40 MORE kids. For some it’s an excuse get to play childhood games they haven’t played in years.
Unless you came to VBS this week I bet you won’t see Lyall playing jump rope.
But you know there is something more to that feeling of blessing then meets the eye.
We can laugh about the silly stuff we do while we are with children, but deep inside we long for a time when our understanding of the world was the same as these little ones.
Jesus reminds us of that.
I want to read you a piece of scripture, but I’m going to read it to you from a version of the Bible that is called “The Message”. It’s a paraphrase and I really like the way that this version helps us picture this moment with Jesus.
Luke 18:15-17 (The Message)
15-17People brought babies to Jesus, hoping he might touch them. When the disciples saw it, they shooed them off. Jesus called them back. “Let these children alone. Don’t get between them and me. These children are the kingdom’s pride and joy. Mark this: Unless you accept God’s kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you’ll never get in.”
With all of the fun that we had last week something important was taught to the adults this week.
These little ones might have had trouble with being able to all walk together in a sack race. They may have had trouble being able to learn a memory verse. They might have even gotten upset with a teacher or two…
But they did not have one bit of doubt that God loved them.