Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:2-3

I love this scripture, but honestly, I have always related it mostly to our faith. In other words, if we are like little children, we will trust and believe in God, like a child trusts his parents or those who love him.

I still believe this scripture has a great deal to do with our faith, however, today, early this morning, I saw it in a different light.

This morning, at 5:30 am I received a text from my daughter that their heat had stopped working. Knowing it was less than 10 degrees, this Nana was concerned. As we texted back and forth I let her know to get the kids and come on over.

Now, it’s 5:30 am, the kids get up at 7:00 am for school. Therefore, they are going to have to get out of bed over an hour early, tired and cold. That’s not a good way to start the day for anyone.

Beyond that, Brailee is not a morning person, so I imagined this would be a fun day.

I am usually at the office by 6:00 am, so Breanne decided to get the kids in the vehicle and bring them to the office where it was warm. Once here, they would get ready for school.

While I waited on them to arrive, I imagined Brailee would be unhappy, Bryson would be cold and grumpy. Much to my surprise, a few moments later, they came bouncing in the office with a ‘Hey, Nana!’

I glanced up to see Breanne with a concerned and exhausted look on her face. However, both kids were smiling and as happy as could be.

They got dressed, brushed teeth, fixed hair and did all things necessary to prepare for school. Then I said ‘hey guys, you want to go in the office and watch a video for a bit? You have an hour before school?’ Excitedly they said ‘yes!’

Puzzled, I went back to my desk and sat down. I sat there listening to them giggle and laugh and have the best time I have ever seen them have this early in the morning.

In my spirit, I heard the phrase ‘become like little children, then you will enter the kingdom.’

These two little precious children thought they were on an adventure! Where Breanne and I saw problems, expense, concern…they only saw adventure.

While they watched videos, my Mom pick up breakfast for them. We fed them and headed to the vehicle to go to school. As they got in and buckled up for school, Bryson said ‘Nana, this was the best morning ever!’ To which Brailee squealed ‘YES, it was!’

Two different views of this day for sure.

I am reminded of Numbers 13, which talks about the spies Moses sent to look over the land God had promised His people. Moses sent out twelve spies. Ten of them saw giants and obstacles too big to overcome, while the other two saw blessing and opportunity.

If we are going to enjoy peace on a daily basis, we are going to have to become like little children, Jesus said so.

We must see from a child-like perspective. Instead of problems, we must see adventure. Instead of giants, we must see opportunity to overcome. Instead of letting what is going on, at the moment, get us down, we are going to have to trust in God, believe He will work it out and enjoy the journey.

God used these two children today to remind me…if I want to live in the kingdom of God, I must become as a little child…trusting, joyful, humble and enjoying the adventure each day brings, whether it is good or not so good.

Help us God, to become like little children.

Prayer for Today: Do whatever you need to do in us today to help us become as little children. Help us to see things from YOUR perspective. Teach us to trust, believe and walk in humility at all times. This we ask in Jesus name. Amen.