She was adorable, cute, and twelve years old. She walked up and said,
“Mr. Rick, you look taller in person.”
I wasn’t sure what she meant, so clarification was requested. She offered again,
“You look taller in person.”
She was smiling when she said it, and hers was a heart-melting smile.
I wondered about the following:
- Did I look taller because we were closer?
- Had she seen me on TV in a live stream service?
- Was it possible that I had suddenly grown three inches?
- Was I wearing my shoes with elevated heels?
- Do I have any shoes with elevated heels?
I decided the reason didn’t matter. What did matter was that this precious girl felt comfortable saying it. So, I replied with, “Thank you, sweetie.” It was a fun moment.
If you follow my blog, then you know that children are often featured in my posts. The reason is that kids are my favorite people. Over the forty years that I have been in ministry, I have discovered that in much the same manner as Jesus, children have become significant to me. Among other things, they make me smile and warm my heart.
Yes, I love their parents too, but parents are grown-ups and have lived long enough to become a mess, just like me. There are some excellent reasons that Jesus often preferred kids:
- Once they know you, you have a friend for life.
- Innocense is bound in the hearts of children.
- They are buckets of fun.
- Children love to laugh.
- The kingdom of God belongs to them.
From Mark 9:36-37
He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me.”
From Mark 10:13-14
People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”
From Mark 10:16
And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them, and blessed them.
In no way am I comparing myself to Jesus. But I am comparing myself with Jesus. Children were essential to him. Not because they were cute and fun and adorable, but because they were the rightful citizens of the kingdom he came to build.
Finally, from Isaiah 59:21
“My Spirit, who is on you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will not depart from your mouth, or the mouths of your children, or from the mouths of their descendants from this time on and forever,” says the Lord.
Children are the hope of future generations. They were to Jesus, and they are to me too.
She said I look taller in person. She was so sweet.