Wednesday, 26 May 2021
Title: Come like Children
By Wong King Wai
Luke 18:15-16 – 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.”
When my nieces were really young, I would visit them after work to play with them, sing songs and make funny voices using their soft toys. Their antics and wants were a constant joy because they were not afraid to say what they wanted and do what they wanted. Of course, being the doting uncle, I let them walk all over me because that is what a fun uncle would do.
As I look back at those times and also remember my nieces’ chubby cheeks, button noses and constant telling me to “stop singing” (there is a back story there so ask me when you see me :-)), I wonder if the children in Jesus’ time were the same. Were they grabby with their little fingers? Would they be asking one hundred and one questions? Would they play with His hair, clothes and beard?
And then I imagine myself in those children’s shoes, looking to my Lord. I would like to imagine that He would be smiling at me and hugging me and saying “I love you” and “I will never leave you or forsake you”, and I would be able to curl up on His lap as He cradles me, feeling comforted and secure.
During this pandemic, the feeling of uncertainty is at a high level. Some of us are struggling with mental health issues, some of us are worried about job security or have lost jobs, and some have to deal with loss of family members and close friends due to the virus.
Let us, like children, come before our Lord and Saviour to seek solace and refuge. Let’s take time to reflect on the goodness and blessings that God has given us, and snuggle deep into His loving arms to feel his comfort and security. Let us also pray for each other, send texts and make calls to encourage and build up each other as we wait out this season of uncertainty.
May God reveal more of Himself to you and that you will be able to grasp the full measure of His love, grace and mercy in your life. Let me pray for you:
PRAYER: My Father in heaven. I pray for my dear brother or sister who is struggling right now. They need a word from You that will help them keep their hopes up during this time. I pray that You will do that for them and reveal to them Your great love. Thank You for hearing my prayer. In Jesus name I pray, AMEN.
15 有人抱着自己的婴孩来见耶稣,要他摸他们,门徒看见就责备那些人。16 耶稣却叫他们来，说：“让小孩子到我这里来，不要禁止他们，因为在神国的，正是这样的人。”
然后我想像自己在他们的位置，仰望着我的主。我想像祂会对我微笑，拥抱着我，对我说 “我爱你” 和 “我必不撇下你，也不丢弃你”；当祂抱着我时，我会蜷缩在祂的膝上，感到舒适和安全。