On the wall over the fireplace is mounted a “Smart TV.” It is filled with hundreds of apps showing thousands of programs, all accessible by pressing a few of the thirty buttons on one of the three remotes laying on the side table. I just want to watch the Packers play the Rams. But which channel? Is it ESPN or Amazon Prime or one of the Networks, ABC, CBS, NBC, or FOX. I am ten minutes into the game before I figure it out. Sometimes I long for childhood when the TV had three channels plus UHF (which no kid watched because it only showed documentaries). Sure, there were too few stations to show all the games, and none may be showing the game I wanted. but the game that was on, I watched, and so did all my friends, and the next day at school we had something to talk about because we all watched the same game. It was something we shared. It was community. It was good.
At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. ~Matthew 11:25-26
The more we know, it seems, the more cluttered becomes life. “I’m late, I’m late for a very important date,” wails White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland. “No time to say hello, goodbye, I’m late, I’m late, I’m late.” You want to take away his watch.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” ~Matthew 11:28
I am a grandpa now, “Bapa” to Zoë and Clarke. There are times when our cluttered life leaves them distressed, but I have two arms for two granddaughters and I open them and they snuggle in and their heads melt into my chest and life is simple and good again. Sometimes I long for childhood.
“Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” ~Matthew 18:3
Heavenly Father, I am amazed that you wait for me with open arms. I rush by you, rush away from you, so often, for things I think are important. They never satisfy me like You do. Keep reminding me to seek You first and let You take care of everything else. You are in charge of this world. I should let You order it. There is only one place of peace I know and that is in Your arms.