In honour of the impending birth of our second bub, I offer this great little reflection from a blogger I came across recently:
In Orthodoxy…Chesterton writes:
A child kicks his legs rhythmically through excess, not absence, of life. Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again”; and the grown up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it again” to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.
In a sense then, when Jesus tells his disciples that they must become like little children to receive the ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ (such as in Mark), he may not only be talking about dependence and trust, but about more deeply reflecting his image, becoming both more human and more like him.