There are periods of time during one’s life time when nothing happens. Not really, but it seems so. You are at least in a somewhat comfortable routine of life, got a grove, everything in workable but, more importantly, expected order. We may not love these seemingly dull periods of life because we often want more than what we have and as such get restless. But you see, we are not on this earth to maintain a steady flow of nothing. We are here for something. There is a purpose for our lives. Each and every person on the planet was created on purpose to do something. Each was given a unique gift to serve and worship God. We were made for a purpose in God’s kingdom, that supernatural family unit that functions as its own great entity now and into eternity. The whole is greater than its parts. And we have a certain talent or gift to use within that kingdom. So, as followers of Christ in his kingdom, we have a great responsibility to use the gifts given us in fruitful ways. We are blessed in order for us to be able to bless God and others. So, when we get really comfortable, generally we are low on the service vibe and have ceased to be useful to the kingdom of God, our mission in life. So, God allows us excessive changes now and again to wake us up to our place in life. We resist this because we are too distracted and preoccupied with mediocre and worse in the physical realm to realize what is going on in the spiritual realm, the realm that never ends and thus is more important. Excessive changes happen on purpose to humble us and get us in the right frame of mind to realize mundane is not obedience. We must serve and God allows so many changes in our lives for that purpose, sometimes just to get our minds right, often to give us contrast to realize there is more, sometimes to stretch us so we realize we CAN do so much more and prepare us for future work. Change is good. It means God cares and wants fullness and depth and strength of character and place in His kingdom for us. So it is a blessing when we run into changes. We need never fear these changes. Our heavenly Father walks with us through them and teaches us what we need to know when we need to know it. He always knows best and we will be stronger for His glory when the lesson is learned or test passed.
Children begin as amazing acts of creation. They are formed by the Creator with the genetic building blocks of mother and father right there in the womb of the mother. The growth and incubation occurs and finally the baby is ejected from warm and cozy water and into breathing air and feeling temperature changes. And the parents’ lives are never the same. Here is this precious bundle they are now responsible for and all of a sudden life is not about you anymore. Good parents cease their narcissistic ways when baby is here to declare his rights to attention and care. And it continues in various forms until they are adults going off on their own. But when they are still children, they give as much as they take, if not more. By having a child of your own, you suddenly become more humble, which helps every aspect of life and actually makes you stronger than the prideful you once was. Also, children allow you to understand obedience and the importance of it. You see the importance of learning right from wrong because you see a bird’s eye view of what happens when the lessons don’t stick. You see their boo boos and understand why it is so important to obey. Having a child gives enormous insight into the Heavenly Father that you can not see any other way. I may be wrong but I don’t think you can fully realize His depth of love for us despite our inefficiencies without you having love as big as we are able for this tiny kid that keeps making mistakes but you still love incredibly. Having children brings to mind quite often the magnificent patience God has with us all the time. You just get it now. Children also show us how important we are because this being needs us to grow and become a useful Godly adult and we have to provide for them. They can mutate us, model after us, even speak like us so what we do and say takes on a whole new level of importance and instruction. Our very lives are intruded upon at the exact same times we realize a depth of character and understanding and richness of life that a child brings. Every smell is considered. Every color is appreciated. Every loud toy man has made is making noise being explored. Every butterfly is a wonder to behold and feeding the ducks is a luxury. With children, we see again with new eyes. We understand and remember because we have to explain. We see how to trust God. We have to trust Him more. We see what faith looks like in a child. It is beautiful. They are important and very beautiful.
Looking at my children, studying them, I learn so much about our Father. We study the creation to study the Creator. To study children is to study early life. I mean growth and development of extraordinary people. A child, no matter the child, is beautiful and a blessing to the parents. We see the patience of our Heavenly Father in the amount of patience we have to utilize with our children in a given day. We see intellects grow as the years do and wonder at the complexities of the human brain and stand in awe that God is Spirit and doesn’t even need a brain to be all knowing. We see their faith and wonder at the world, just knowing they will be cared for and experiencing every taste as new and every smell as foreign and accepting it is what you tell them. And I realize why God wants our faith to be a child’s faith so we trust Him without having to worry about anything. I see the pure joy in a child when new delights dazzle them or Mommy or Daddy tickles them or they run and I am so pleased that God builds joy into us as our strength. The laughter of a child heals the soul and the cry of a child will shatter the soul just as quickly. We have emotions to protect us and balance us, push us forward or compel our hearts to compassion. Without these human emotions and abilities of the higher intellectual mind, life would never feel beautiful, and I think it is a pretty impressive design. We all started as children, perfect in design and perfectly flawed in function, and I dig that common denominator to us… Purposely designed by a perfect Creator to be exactly who we are at this moment. What an enormous gift we have in our children and in life!