“Come and SEE!” / a Child / Bakersfield, CA
During the holidays, I think it is appropriate… NO, no, no, it’s necessary, to see things through a child’s eyes.
Children SEE things! I mean, life has a way of teaching us to wince, flinch, and duck at new things in order to avoid pain and lack of control. Kids, though, kids don’t wince and flinch at life, they jump and bound! Surprises are a reason to laugh, or spin around! But life, over time, and through pain, takes away laughter and twirling at the coming of surprise, and replaces it with strict schedules, plans, and arguments-with-loved-ones to “prove-a-point” (that “I AM in control!”) Well… good for me.
I don’t want to be the grinch at Christmas, here! So I’m giving you an opportunity to see again, to twirl, and bounce. What it takes is to start seeing again. In Biblical terms this is called faith.
Preston is a BOY, and he’s REALLY good at it! He saw this photo shoot with his mother as an opportunity to discover this new and mysterious country. He conquered the highest stones and proclaimed himself king (there were no disputes about this among his subjects… Jasmine and myself), he ventured to undiscovered paths, he slipped, and fell, and laughed a LOT.
Preston made it really hard to do my job… Crazy, and loony, and uncontrollable! This was not why it was hard to do my job, the problem was that he made me want to PLAY! I wanted to put down my control of the situation and run around, and discover what he was seeing. Outside of myself, outside of my wincing heart.
Jesus, aka God, was totally free and willing to go outside of His glorious kingdom reign and enter into the physical body of a child.
He could do this BECAUSE He was perfectly aware and in complete trust of God’s absolute power and goodness. Philippians 2 says that He gave up the rights to His power and gave them to His Father because of LOVE for His Father and for His followers.
Now, Jesus didn’t come to earth to just bounce, and play, and be free from some sort of power-constraint. No, He came as a child to be with us in real time, and ultimately to reunite us to His Father (which is unthinkably, incredibly, wonderful!), by taking our punishment for betrayal and treason.
SOOOO! Be jolly and joyous! Preston will take you on a hunt for lizards and river monsters!
(P.s. see the bottom of this post for an incredible Christmas carol that will call your heart to SEE).
Come and see what God has done!: