But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” Matthew 19:14 (NLT)
Ask a person to describe a fruit tree during each of the four different seasons and you’ll receive four very different answers. In winter, a barren tree exists. In spring, the tree will have leaves and colorful blossoms. In summer, a tree full of fruit is seen. And, in autumn the tree is fading in color and its leaves are falling. If a person is asked to describe the tree at a certain time of year, they will describe it based on its current condition. However, that description, although accurate at the time, is not the whole story. As the tree changes through the different seasons, a person would have to be patient in order to see capture a complete description.
The same idea can be applied to how we view kids. What we may describe at any given point may be an accurate description at the time, but it may not reflect the whole story. See, kids go through different seasons of life as we do. There are times that we will see them at their worst, and there are times that we will see them at their best. The important thing to remember is to see them the way Jesus does. He can understand the complete picture. He sees what they will become and not where they currently are.
Today, try to look to gain a better understanding of what might lie underneath the surface and not just what we see on the outside. Welcome kids to come and experience the Jesus who sees the big picture and desires for them to be a part of a big plan!