Child-like Wonder and Delight

Natalie Hendrickson

READ : Matthew 18:1-4
Psalm 37:4

“What is your capacity for delight?” Writer Holly Whitcomb’s words leapt off the pages of her book and tumbled around in my head. I didn’t know how to answer the question. I thought about the fact that children laugh about 400 times a day whereas adults only laugh about 15 times each day. Why such an enormous difference? What can we adults learn from children?

Then I recalled Jesus’ response when his disciples asked which of them would be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. His reply: humble yourselves and become like little children or you won’t even enter the kingdom of heaven (Mt. 18:3).

Children are naturally humble and powerless, yet when they feel loved and well cared for by their earthly parents, they are free to experience all of life’s wonderful surprises! Think back to your childhood. Did you marvel as you held a tiny newborn kitten? Did you laugh hilariously as you splashed in puddles in the rain? Would you like to again? Ask God to give you the faith of a humble and carefree child.


Heavenly Father, help me to trust you like a little child and expand my capacity for wonder and delight.