Over the long holiday weekend, I was blessed immensely by getting to spend it with my kiddos and 2 nieces, and might I add 7 years of age and under! I learned a lot during our 3 precious, uninterrupted, days at the lake. As Jesus tells us in the Book of Matthew, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt 19:14 NKJV).
As we were anchoring on the lake to let the little ones swim, my oldest shouted in excitement that there was a rainbow in the sky. All four of the children started pointing to the sky and all of them wanted their picture taken with the beautiful colors. We then had a discussion of the beautiful colors God put in the sky for us that evening and the meaning behind the rainbow that was stretching between the clouds. The story of the great flood and God’s promises that never fail turned from my lesson to them into a lesson from them that touched my heart. One of my nieces spoke up, with a huge smile across her face, and told everyone that a rainbow is “such good news!” It means the rain is over and we can be happy! That moment truly spoke to me. God’s promise is that even though we have rainy or stormy times in our lives, there is always that rainbow that appears letting us know that God is with us at all times, through the bad and the good, and will always be there to take our hand when we reach out to Him. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. His promise and love never fails.
The heart (or mind) of a child is built for innocence, pure and unconditional love and forgiveness. Lessons we take from children might be some of the most important lessons we encounter for a “heart check” each day. Pay attention to your little ones… they may be looking for some of life’s most important lessons and guidance from you, but you will also find a treasure of lessons from them, too.