Some weeks ago, we walked towards a lady who was trying to pick something up from her front pouch. We exchanged greetings and spoke to her for a bit and as we walked away, my daughter (DQ – she’ll be five next month) said,
“Mummy, I wanted to ask her if she knows Jesus. It’s good to ask others if they know Jesus because everyone should know Jesus”.
“That would have been nice to ask, but she has gone in her house now,” I responded.
“But we can go back. Can we go back?”
We didn’t, but as we walked home, I couldn’t help but wonder about her boldness. As the adult, I was more concerned about trying not to offend anyone at that point, even though I know that that’s such a terrible stand to take when souls are involved.
I thought that was all.
On Saturday, while playing in the back garden with her brother, DQ noticed that her friend had just stepped out too on the other side of the fence. So she walked to the fence to say hi and said this:
“Do you know Jesus? He is the son of God.”
I could hear that my neighbour’s daughter didn’t quite understand what DQ was talking about, but she continued:
“You need to read your bible because if you don’t, your heart will be empty”
She continued talking to her friend about Jesus. I tried to listen on to what she was saying but Boo of life who had no clue of what was going on outside distracted me and I missed out on the rest of the conversation.
On both occasions, my heart was filled with so much awe for God and how He captures the hearts of little children. The purity, compassion and tenderness that flow from them helps me understand why they are important to Him.
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. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:2-4
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14
As adults, we tend to rationalise everything around us. If we are not called to attend an outreach session, we don’t walk around thinking that the next person we see should know Jesus. But in DQ’s eyes, I see what it looks like when you are madly in love with someone and you can’t explain it. She lights up when she hears Jesus, and because she has not learned to be an adult, she wants everyone to know about the person she loves.
I don’t have a conclusion for this post, but I have prayed a prayer since the day we walked past that lady:
“Lord, please give me a childlike heart”
I pray the same for you!