I love to watch children as they play. There is such a freedom to express who they really are. We took our God-niece (4-year old) to Macdonald’s Playland for supper and, of course, ate with all the other brave moms, dads, grandparents, and sitters in the community.
Miss Annabelle (AB) was certainly more interested in playing than eating but was only looking at the tubes and slides. I realized the problem when I remembered that she had commented in the car that someone had told her not to be afraid of the red slide.
I asked the mom sitting next to us if I could introduce AB to her daughter and would she help her negotiate the playland. So, introductions done, AB and her new friend went off to explore and learn. A short while later AB said she couldn’t find her friend, who was hiding in the bubble.
She went to find her and had discovered that she didn’t want to play because AB didn’t want to go on the red tube/slide. A bit later AB came up with a new friend named Emma. As they played, I noticed AB still was playing on the green slide but Emma wasn’t worried about that. She had a friend and that was what was most important to her.
What a picture of Jesus’ love for us. He doesn’t care if we don’t want to play on the red tube/slide, He just wants to be our friend. What a reminder of James 2:8. We honor the Royal Law, of which we are a part, when we ‘love our neighbors (friends) as ourselves. “What A Friend We Have In Jesus!”
“If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself,’ you are doing right.”
– James 2:8 (NIV)
“Father, thank You for desiring a relationship with us that is based on Who You are and what You did for us on the cross. We know that we will never be perfect, but our actions will not change Your faithfulness and Your love. We are honored that You would desire to spend time with us….”