Cheeks

Cheeks

Luke 18.15-17 People were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them; and when the disciples saw it, they sternly ordered them not to do it.  But Jesus called for them and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.”

There you are Peter

I really enjoy watching most of Robin Williams’ movies. It still saddens me to think that he won’t be making any more, but several have always stood out. One of my favorites is Hook. This movie sneaks up on you, but it is a clever take on the Peter Pan story. Here is the overview, Peter Pan has left neverland to be with Wendy Darling and her family. Peter eventually begins growing up and eventually marries Wendy’s granddaughter. Peter now is older, has a family of his own, a job, and a poor attitude. While visiting the home where he met Wendy and her granddaughter his old nemesis Captain Hook gets wind that he is there and comes one night and steals his children. Hook’s hope is that he will force Peter to come back to neverland and settle the score. The problem is; however, Peter does not remember who he really is, and can’t fly or do anything else Pan used to do. He eventually makes it to Neverland and the Lost boys attempt to help him remember who he is. With great effort, much failure, and so funny moments, one of the Lost Boys steps forward and pushes Peter’s cheeks up into a smile and utters my favorite line, “Oh, there you are Peter”. What Peter was missing the whole time was his joy, and that kept him grounded and powerless.

This little piece of Scripture is one of my absolute favorites and one that is used in nearly all baby dedications you will here, however there is so much more for us to learn. Here Jesus describes the heart of a child as being the type of heart that will inherit the kingdom. Jesus is identifying the love and trust in the heart of a child, a heart that doesn’t cast judgment but loves and includes. What a beautiful picture but what a challenging statement by the Lord. However, there is more to this. When I met Jesus on the road, I have to tell you, I had forgotten who I was, who God made me to be. I was living for myself and no one else. I was wrapped up in money, lust, chasing false dreams to hide my shame. When I met Jesus, at first, I tried to pretend I remembered but he saw right through that and I felt defeated and broken. It was at that moment that Jesus put his hands on my cheeks, pushed them into a smile, told me that he loved me no matter what and that he was going to help me remember, that I began to believe. I could feel the stony heart in my chest slowly beating again. I became alive on that road when I met the Lord, and I began to recapture the joy of childhood, my love and my trust found a real home. Are you like me, tired of chasing the wind and never catching anything but guilt and shame? What if you stopped and allowed the Lord to help you remember? Do you think you are up for the adventure that awaits? Think a happy thought and hold on, because we are about to fly.

On today’s road: Simply put, Jesus wants to remove the burdens that growing up and forgetting who God made us to be has placed on us. Jesus holds the key to these shackles and that key is the life he gave for us. Jesus wants to replace the guilt and shame of poor choices with hope and joy that only he can provide. Do you want to become a child again, finding your true love, hopes, dreams, and passions? Stop here on the road and let the Lord show you the way.