Simple Treasures

simple treasures

One of the things that I have always appreciated about children is that they get excited about the simple things in life.  They pause to see the good in things that we so often overlook as adults. Something as simple as a rock from outside can be a great treasure to a child.

It’s been fun to watch my son’s progression of development over the past 20 months as he’s turned into a little boy full of personality and curiosity. The world is a fascinating place to him, full of new discoveries every day.  I witness him finding joy in the simple things.

I remember last Spring when he developed a passionate interest for the washer and dryer. It was rather amusing to see the priceless look on his face and to hear his high-pitched scream of excitement anytime the clothes were washing or drying. Something as simple as a machine with clothes spinning around could make my son so happy. He continues to have a love for the washer and dryer. Now if only I could find a way to share in his enthusiasm for laundry days!

My son enjoys his regular toys, but sometimes he is more entertained by things like measuring cups, pots and pans, a flashlight, listening to a timer go off on a stop-watch and playing in the dirt outside.  Perhaps ordinary things to us, but they are treasures to him.  His child-like heart often reminds me of the child-like heart that God desires for us to have as well.

…the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position {simple and humble} of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.” Matthew 18:1-5

 Jesus says that there is value in the simple and humble spirit of a child, and he’s not talking about price-tag value; He’s talking about eternal value.  Children display humility and they are trusting because they are dependent on us {their parents/caretakers} to provide for their needs.  They are also teachable and eager to learn about the world around them. God desires for us to approach him with this same type of child-like heart. He wants us to depend on him and trust him to provide for our needs. He desires for us to be open to receiving his love and guidance.

 God entrusts us as parents to guide and teach our children, and he also teaches us valuable lessons through our children. As I watch my son find value in simplicity, I am reminded that God also says that there is value in simplicity—He treasures a child-like heart.  We are his children and we don’t have to approach him with our lives all-together; In fact, quite the opposite.  He desires for us to come to him in a spirit of humility, dependency and anticipation that his plans for our lives are good and that his unchanging faithfulness will provide for our needs. 

So let the simple treasures be a reminder to you of the eternal value of a child-like heart.

Many Blessings,

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© Pocketful of Motherhood, 2013

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