Look at that face! What word do you think of? Fun? Excitement? Carefree? Dirty filthy sandy?! Ha! All those and more come to my mind! I love love love to hang out with Jack. He teaches me.
This is the look of someone living life! At what age do we unlearn this, do you think? At what age do we feel the need to be “dignified” or “in control” or “perfectly polished”? I certainly don’t know the mind of this baby, but it appears to me he was happy to be with his people, wherever his people took him. He was enjoying the moment. He was learning—“What is this ‘sand’? Hmmm. Better touch it. Better dig into it. Better taste it.”
Man. I wish I did that every day. Wherever my Heavenly Father has me that day—wish I was happy there. I’m told to be. Did you know that? “Always be joyful.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16. Not a lot of wiggle room there, with that pesky “always” thrown in.
I wish I would learn to live like that. What is this amazing day You have made, Lord? Hmmm. Better touch it—better put my whole heart into it and get fully involved in it. Better dig into it—better pay attention and actually experience it instead of rushing into the next to do list item or appointment or meeting. Better taste it—“taste and see that the Lord is good…” (Psalm 34:8), after all. Better test Him out, experience His goodness for myself, better just dive right into all of this life He’s given me today.
I love how we are taught in the Bible to receive the Kingdom of God like a child. So we can totally learn from the lives of children. Their openness and honesty and zest and excitement over little things. The Kingdom of God has a lot to offer. I want to be more like Jack and get my hands into it and experience it for myself.