Friday, 18 January 2013

The "blanket" episode

Recently Oliver and I together with Lukas went out for dinner at a nearby mall. Lukas was in the stroller most of the time. Since the mall was air-conditioned, I was afraid that Lukas might be cold (it was cold in fact!). I covered Lukas with his little baby blanket - he immediately kicked it off. I put it back on him again and again he kicked it off. This went on for a few times - I would put the blanket on him and he would giggle and cheer and get excited and kick off the blanket. To this Oliver commented, "Aiya, let him be la...may he is not cold". I directed my attention to my dinner and Oliver and I got on with our chit-chatting. A couple of minutes later Lukas had started complaining in his baby talk and when I paid no attention he burst out crying.

After some thoughts I felt, "doesn't God want us to be like Lukas (in this case)? To get excited and giggle with joy in His presence? To coo and baby talk for His constant attention?  To cry and demand to be held, be loved, be pampered? " I am reminded of what Jesus said in the Gospel of Matthew 19:14, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” God wants us to be and behave like babies, like children - to giggle with joy in His presence, to coo and respond back to Him in anticipation, to crave for attention and to cry and demand when we think we are not getting enough of HIM - for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.

I didn't understand this verse before but after the "blanket" episode with Lukas I guess I want to be like him in seeking God. 

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