- Deuteronomy 11:22 (NKJV) For if you carefully keep all these commandments which I command you to do—to love the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways, and to hold fast to Him—
My desk at home has been like Treasure Island for my grandchildren drawing each new wonderful addition to the family with its promise of buried treasures in, on, and around it.
I have special rituals that I go through with each one. I have watched hundreds of times (no “stretching the truth here”) YouTube videos of Elmo (especially singing the A,B,C song), The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (the current favorite), and other great “classics.”
I have witnessed each grandchild draw masterpieces on backs of scrap paper, junk mail, on themselves (mothers don’t seem to appreciate that art), and also in books and on sermons notes—which get even a very indulgent papa a little uptight.
I have watched my desk get “rearranged” almost beyond recognition as little hands quickly picked up virtually everything on my desk and examined it, played with it and then putt it back on the desk in an entirely different place moving on to grab the next thing.
There’s something else I’ve noticed. Each child loves for me to hold them while playing at my desk, but what they love to hold are the different things that are on my desk.
I’ve noticed we grown-ups can be the same way about God. We very much want God to hold us—protecting us, providing for us, entertaining us, but what we like to hold are “things”—things that rust and decay, things that will never truly satisfy, and things that in the end we cannot take with us to heaven.
Perhaps it is a sign of Christian maturity when the things of this life begin to lose their hold on us and we what we’d rather hold on to is the One holding us.