I was cleaning in my upstairs room at my house yesterday, and from my window I spotted a woman wakling on the sidewalk in the neighborhood. The sight caused me to stop what I was doing and take a closer look because she was walking at such a slow, steady pace.
Typically when you see people walking around the neighborhood, they're doing it for exercise, they're keeping a good pace and walking with purpose. This woman was indeed walking with purpose, but it was at such a slow pace.. I had to investigate.
I watched her and I was struck at how at peace she seemed. It almost brought me peace simply from watching her intentionality.
As I looked closely, I saw an extra set of legs on the other side of the woman, walking in-step with her. It was a little girl.
"The people brought children to Jesus, hoping he might touch them. The disciples shooed them off. But Jesus was irate and let them know it: "Don't push these children away. Don't ever get between them and me. These children are at the very center of life in the Kingdom. Mark this: Unless you accept God's Kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you'll never get in." - Mark 10:14 (The Message)
Children are at the very center of life in the Kingdom - it is so true! I'm not a mother yet, but I know that all mothers experience stress, worry, and frustration with children for various reasons. I also know, from what others have told me, that children bring the most joy to life in so many ways.
I was so blessed by this sight. How great it is to be reminded:
to slow down,
be intentional about seeking peace in your life,
and be okay with however 'out-of-the-norm' that may seem to others.