A few days ago, I found a note from Niamh. She had put it in a red envelope and on the front it read, From: Niamh, To: Jesus.
When I read it, I had tears on my cheeks half way through.
She asked Jesus to please help her grow in her walk with Him.
And help her bring others to know God.
And then she signed her name.
And PS'd the letter with,
"...and do you think anything is funny?"
She had asked me that a couple days before.
And I told her, Sure! I think God laughs.
And she said, "Really?!"... Like she had just been told the best thing ever.
I think God has a big rumbly laugh.
...I imagine it sounds kinda like Santa on steroids; if that makes any sense.
It probably rumbles right through the heavens.
And is super contagious.
The angels must really get a kick out of it.
It is so important to Phil and I that we bring our kids up in a Christ-centered home.
We go to church. And they go to a Christian school.
And we have rules based on what our beliefs are.
And their behavior is suppose to reflect those values and beliefs.
But then there are those sweet moments when we realize how much they love Jesus.
He is their friend.
They talk to Him; and it isn't formal.
They trust in Him; and it isn't with hesitation.
They depend on God because they know they need Him.
And they love Him because they can't imagine any other reaction to His love for them.
And in that moment when Niamh realized that God has a sense of humor, seeing her so excited and stoked that this Friend of hers laughs like she does, I realized that is the humility of a child that Christ speaks of in Matthew. It is reckless and real and genuine. It's being in awe of the Savior. It is a feeling of new found friendship that never gets old.
Niamh's note totally refreshed my heart.
I love that kid.
I want to be like her when I grow up.
And I know Jesus smiled when He read the letter.
Probably even lol'd.
Because He is awesome like that.
And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:2-4 ESV)