And (Jesus) said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3
As Vivian’s mom was tucking her in, something caught her eye. Laying on the nightstand was the glass baby Jesus from the Nativity scene.
“There it is!” Her mother exclaimed as she picked up the figure. “I have been looking for this.”
Vivie sat up and snatched the tiny effigy of a sleeping baby. “Mom I don’t want you to pack Jesus away.” Furrowed brows and pouting lips conveyed her feelings. She held the tiny figure close to her heart.
“Well, we have to put him with the Nativity scene. He needs to be with his family.” Her mother cooed. “So, we can put the Nativity up again next year.”
“No. I want him to stay with me!” Vivian flung herself back down on the bed and closed her hand tightly around baby Jesus.
“Ok”, her mother answered and cover her up again.
Vivie put the baby Jesus back on her nightstand and drifted off to sleep.
When my friend shared this story, I laughed and then I really thought about that little girl’s words and actions. Like Vivian, we all should desire to have Jesus with us always. Not packed up in Christmas decor or only mentioned on Sunday, but rather in our day to day lives. Vivian has a desire to have and keep Jesus close to her. Do you have a desire for Jesus? Do you long to have him close?
I think we all can take a lesson from little Vivie.
Typist for Jesus