A few weeks ago in God’s Garden, children’s worship for ages 3s- 5s, I draped some purple material around dad, Adam Looney. I asked the children what they thought this material was. A child yelled out, “A Snuggie!” Well, to say the least, I about lost it. We needed to have ended right there. Of course, I was draping the material around Adam to see if they could figure out who we might be talking about that day. They all decided we were talking about Jesus and they were right.
I have reflected on that day often and each time it has made me smile. I smile because of what children say and how incredibly funny their statements can be or quite profound. I smile when I reflect on how they are so accepting of me as I lead them in worship. I smile when I see some of them cuddle up in an adult’s arms as they listen to the sacred story. I smile when they lay down with their arms extended out telling God something that is on their mind in prayer. When I think about it, we truly are having a “snuggie” moment because I believe Christ has entered our room to join our little ones as they worship Him. I visualize Jesus joining our children by singing and jumping, playing and sharing, praying and listening. But, I visualize most that his arms are extended all around these little children holding and squeezing them tight as they are worshiping and honoring Him.
How often as adults do we feel that sensation of Jesus standing right beside us in a comforting manner? Am I allowing Christ to guide me on my daily walk? Do I continue to make all sorts of excuses to keep him just close enough to make me feel good, but not enough so that I don’t have to change in attitude, actions, or commitment? Jesus said “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” I can distance myself, or better yet, join these little children as I allow Jesus to walk closely beside me and yes have sweet and wonderful snuggie moments of closeness with Him.
Posted on Tue, March 30, 2010