This morning, with the house filling up with guests, I took a turn downstairs in the play area with several grandkids.
Lots of energy, and some competition, squeels and showing off.
I finally perched in one of two bean bags and just watched.
With that Ella, at almost three, did the same.
"Gramps, what are you doing?" she asked.
"Hatching beans" I replied.
"Me too" she said, flashing her big smile at me.
"How are yours coming?" I asked.
But it was too late...her attention was on something else and she was up and running to another part of the play area.
"Gramps - watch!" she called out.
And when my attention towards her was certain, it was like the starting gun.
She took off in a ten yard sprint to the wall...giggling as she went, and looking to see that I was still focused.
Children the world over are pretty similar - spontaneous, inventive, needing love and attention, playful, boundless in bounding.
Was this a little of what Jesus had in mind when he said - "become as a child,
and you will see the Kingdom of God...the presence and activity of God" (see Luke 18:15-17)
Well, I'd better go...you see there is this neat pony waiting patiently in our basement play area and I've already been instructed on how to ride.