Sunday my 5 year old daughter, Lydia, stayed with me in "big church." Every now and then she likes to stay with me. She likes the music and usually I let her play a game on my phone during the message. This kid amazes me. She's the sweetest, smartest, coolest 5 year old I know. Oh and she makes me crazy! Haha! Seriously though, she's awesome. During the service the pastor asked this question, "What is the Kingdom according to Jesus." So I asked Lydia. (This very moment she's singing along to Kim Walker's Show Me Your Glory.) I asked her what she thought the Kingdom of God is. She said, "*sigh* Mommy, duh, It's like a castle where our Father God is the King and I'm the princess....Oh and Jesus of course is my big brother the Prince" Then she tells me all the cool things about being in God's family like the fact that Noah, her best friend is also in our family. That Jesus lives in our hearts and can make us feel better if we have any hurts or if we're scared and makes us feel safe.
Like What?! Wow! I did not prompt her or prepare her for the question in any way and that was her answer! Thank You God! What revelation. The Kingdom as God intended is like a castle where He is the King and we are His princesses. What else do you need to hear. It's kind of everything. If you take that literally, He's the King with a king's resources. And we are His kids. We have His favor and His consideration and His ear. He holds our hand. He lets us climb up into His lap. He is capable of taking care of all our problems. Think of President Obama's girls. Do they lack in any way? I think not. Do you think they are afraid to come to him with anything? They have a special relationship with him that none of us can imagine....well actually we can because we can have that with our Father the King.
I want to make more of an effort to see my life through the eyes of my daughter. He's the the King and I am His princess. We are His children. Thank you God for making it so.
Luke 22 MSG
29-32"What I'm trying to do here is get you to relax, not be so preoccupied with getting so you can respond to God's giving. People who don't know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep yourself in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Don't be afraid of missing out. You're my dearest friends! The Father wants to give you the very kingdom itself.