Oh the foolishness of childhood. To think pleasure could be unbridled, love could be given freely, and the future held promise. And yet, Jesus tells us the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like children. Anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it. Jesus took the children in His arms and placed His hands on their heads and blessed them. (Mark 10:14-16 NLT)
I am almost sixty but I decided to make a go of it again to see how high I could climb an evergreen near my home. Not very. Maybe 10-12 feet? My legs do not lift with enough range of motion, and my strength fails to heave my extra pounds to the next tier.
Not all children can climb trees. But all of God’s children can come curl up in His lap and forget all about the ways we have failed, receiving His hand upon our heads for a blessing. At His right hand are pleasures forevermore, empowerment to love even when it hurts, and a future full of restoration.