This week, my husband and I took a baby relative into our home following an emergent situation involving a family member. We had been prayerfully considering our response to this situation, and had planned on moving him in, but were not exactly sure if or when we were going to do it.
This week has been quite exhausting, and a little overwhelming. However, this week has also reminded me of the incredible difference we can all choose to make in the lives of little ones. This week has also been a thought-provoking one about life and faith. Mostly though, it has filled my mind and heart with wonder about children.
I wonder if children are mini-angels in disguise charged with watching the way we live and treat others. They cause us to think twice before telling off the person who cut in line, or ignoring the person in need of help. Their little eyes and ears absorb our actions, or lack thereof, like a sponge.
We work a little harder each day because of the deep-seeded yearning to care for them and provide their needs. We stay up all hours of the night to calm their fears and soothe their pains. We quickly rush to their defense, and yet, disciple them to learn from their mistakes. We clothe them, feed them, shelter them, and love on them.
In return, they speak simplicity into our lives. They don’t care if the living room is messy, or the potatoes are cold. They don’t worry about what the weather is going to be like, or what is on the schedule for the day. They accept others without condition, express their emotions without hindrance, and choose each day to laugh, play, and love.
Most important, they watch and hear what goes on in the world around them. They watch the way we respond to difficult situations. They listen to the words we use when describing our concerns, and they yearn to understand the reasons why we (adults) make the decisions that we do.
I wonder, sometimes, if children send little messages to our Heavenly Father, who in turn, speaks His words of truth and love through them. I wonder, sometimes, if their questions about life are ones that He uses to hear our responses. I know children are put into our lives so that we can choose to step up and step out in faith each day.
I believe that angels watch over our lives and actions here on Earth. I believe there are angelic guardians all around us, and especially around children. I just wonder, though, if children are little angels in disguise. If so, I am the guardian of three.
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. -Hebrews 13:2