Suffer the Little Children
“But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 19:14 – King James Version (KJV).
Have you ever gotten the age of a child completely wrong? Try asking a 3 year old if he or she is 4 or 5, they’ll tell you, “NO I’M THREE!”
Children are not bashful about telling it to you straight. They don’t beat around the bush either. A few years ago a lady came into my wife’s beauty salon. She brought her little granddaughter with her. It didn’t take long before the little girl became bored and wanted to go into the back yard.
She went to my wife and asked, “Auntie, Can I go play in the back yard?”
See dear said my wife as she worked on her client’s hair.
The little girl didn’t move. She just stood there and asked, “But won’t that old grandpa get mad?”
I was close enough to hear their exchange and I’ve often wondered why my wife was auntie and I was that old grandpa? At that time I didn’t even have any grandkids yet.
Another time someone rang the doorbell and as I opened the door I saw a woman with her kids and a wagon full of Girl Scout cookies. Expecting the little girl to ask if I wanted to buy some cookies (I love the macaroons) I waited in anticipation for her to ask the question.
“You’re old!” she said. Her mom was in shock and began to apologize furiously for the behavior of her little brownie scout. I dismissed her with something like “Don’t worry I get this from kids all the time.”
Then I focused my full attention and turned my gaze toward the little girl and asked her, “Do you know what’s older than me?” She shook her head no. I said, “Dirt!” Then I proceeded to order a couple of boxes of my favorite cookies.
I’m reminded of my encounter with a little tyke when I was only 18 and stationed overseas in Thailand. I was at a village and bent down to my knees in front of this little guy, maybe 2 years old. Not knowing the language I brought my hands up in a boxing pose. Before I knew it or could take any evasive action this little guy did a Muay Thai kick that had it landed would have sent me flat to the ground (I never expected that).
When Jesus said “Suffer the little children….” Was he referring to OPK (other people’s kids) like these?
I’m a bit older now and my granddaughter has kids. That makes me a great-great-grandpa (twice as great). Recently we were in the middle of remodeling our house and the kids came over to check up on us (before Corona). We’re in my man cave (office) sitting in front of the 50” TV watching a cartoon movie and my 4 year old GGD looked at me and proclaimed, “Papa, You don’t have eyebrows!” Was I surprised? Sure but at least she didn’t say anything about my hair. – I am the Real Truckmaster!