Jesus took a little child and put him among them. He said, “For sure, I tell you, unless you have a change of heart and become like a little child, you will not get into the holy nation of heaven. Whoever is without pride as this little child is the greatest in the holy nation of heaven.” — Matthew 18:2-4 (NLV)
“Daddy, will you play superheroes with me?” our daughter asked.
“Sure,” he said.
After finishing dinner, my husband headed into the family room to turn on the stereo. Music from Superman, Star Wars, and Indiana Jones became the soundtrack for their evening adventure.
Already in my third trimester of pregnancy, I sat on the family room couch with my feet propped up on the coffee table, watching this daddy-daughter duo unfold. Lord, thank you for a husband who has the uncanny ability to be imaginative and inquisitive like a child, I thought.
Our daughter giggled as she hopped out of her chair. She walked into her play nook and grabbed two hand-made knitted blankets as well as two giant satin packaging ribbons. The two of them wrapped the blankets around their shoulders like superhero capes, and ran through the hallways of our two-story colonial.
Finally our daughter stopped running. “Let’s stop playing superhero and read about Jesus!” she commanded.
As I reached for my daughter’s illustrated Bible, our family began the next adventure of the evening. The three of us took turns reading Old and New Testament stories about how God is our protector, provider, father, and friend. A God who became man, entered into this world as a humble servant, so that we might be forgiven and set free from our sins: our real, eternal, Superhero.
Heavenly Father, thank You for giving me examples through my children of what it means to have childlike faith. Keep me humble, Lord, so that I have eyes to see You my true Superhero.