I Wonder…

I Wonder…

We took care of our two preschool grandchildren on a regular basis. He was four and she was three. Both of them would throw my pillows off the couch and onto the floor—not because they wanted to play with them and not because they wanted to use the space on the couch for something else. They would just throw the pillows on the floor and go on to play with other toys across the room. It was frustrating. I told them repeatedly not to do that, but they would pick them up and do it again the next time they came.

I decided I needed to give them a little more explanation, so the next time they did it, I said, “Don’t throw the pillows on the floor. That is where I put my head.”

My grandson broke into hysterical giggles. “Nana, you’re silly. You don’t put your head on the floor.”

Another time I was hugging and tickling their two-year-old cousin. I said, “Why do I love you so much?” and she replied, “Because I’m cute!”

We care for our children, making sure they’re fed and dry, providing discipline when necessary, and enjoying unexpected times when they are just plain cute or funny. That’s all a part of love.

The Bible says that we are God’s children and that we can refer to Him as “Abba Father.” Jesus said one of the reasons he came was to give us abundant joy. I believe that when Jesus was here on earth to die for us to save us from our sins. In between the time he was born and his death on the cross, he lived as a man. In between parables and sermons and healing people and raising others from the dead, He laughed and enjoyed the people He was with. He told the disciples not to forbid the children come to Him because ‘of such was the Kingdom of Heaven.’ (Matt. 19:14)

I don’t think children would want to gather around Jesus if he was serious all the time. Kids love laughter. Kids love joy! Jesus probably laughed with them, hugged them close, and listened to their little secret stories.

God is love. Yes, He guides us in fulfilling His plans for us. Yes, He disciplines us when we need it. And yes, we must study His word to get to know Him better. We need to share our stories with Him in prayer.

Sometimes we think of God as a distant, grumpy judge who is just waiting to pounce on us for our shortcomings. We forget how much He loves us.

God loves us like a parent loves his children. Sometimes maybe He looks down at us and grins. Maybe He even thinks, “Isn’t she cute?”

I wonder…

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Bettilu Davies About Bettilu Davies

Bettilu Davies is a wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She has authored six published books, first writing fiction for children and teens and recently branching into adult Christian fiction. She has taught piano since 1968 and enjoys reading, crocheting, knitting, paper art, and painting in oils, acrylics and water color.

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  1. One of my favorite things God created us laughter. In so glad we have a God who wants us to be joyful. Thanks, Bettilu.

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  2. I’ve often wondered if He looks down and laughs at times. It’s such a simple thought, but one that brings so much joy to think that He would join in on the fun.

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  3. Great post! Thanks for sharing. I’m thinking about God looking down and joining in the laughter and fun. He wants to be a part of every aspect of our lives. I’m sure He is joining the laughter and fun.

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  4. Enjoyed your post! I’ve no doubt Jesus loved children dearly and that God does have a sense of humor. In making children, I think He says ‘the world will go on.’ We share a few likes: I like to paint, would love to be able to play the piano (even have one and had a few months lessons as a kid, but alas, to learn to play is on my to do list!

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