Matthew 18:13--At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
Houses of Tomorrow
Kahil Gibran once wrote our children’s souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, and we cannot visit there, not even in our dreams. I think of this when I look at my two grand daughters, ages six and nine, I cannot even fathom what their souls are really like. I don’t know what they really pray about in secret after they go to bed at night. I watch them for signs of unhappiness. As of yet I don’t see much, but I know it must be there.
They are amazing girls. The oldest one is a genius. She is a multitalented, straight A student that can act, draw, and sing. Her mind is such that it soaks knowledge up like a sponge. She doesn’t even have to try. I worry about her because like most genius children she is hyper sensitive. At times she is too quiet. What must she be thinking? She lives in the house of tomorrow, but what will her house be like the first time her heart is broken into pieces?
The younger one is happy. She finds a way to make everything fun. If something goes wrong for her, she simply says it’s okay and goes on to the next thing. That’s a great way to be, but I fear she doesn’t let herself grieve for things gone wrong. She talks too much and I wonder, “why?” To her, life is a party, but what’s going to happen to her when the party’s over?
My girls live in the house of tomorrow, and I fear it will bring them sadness and disillusionment. They both love deeply and are trusting. I want to shield them from the things little girls and women go through in life, but I cannot. They will have to experience great pain and sorrow at some point, and all I can do is pray for their souls of tomorrow.
They both attend a Christian based school. My son is a Christian and works many hours overtime as a police officer to make sure they get a Christ filled education. They have been blessed with a good father, who loves them dearly. He finds a way to see to it they have every necessity in life, including a relationship with the Lord.
They both know Jesus Christ and love Him. I shouldn’t worry about their future, because I know Jesus has them in His fold. When they go astray as mere humans do, He will lead them back into His keep. When their hearts are broken, He will comfort them. If their whole world falls apart, He will give them a new world in which to live as the children of God they have always been.
For them, the house of tomorrow is built on a solid foundation. the foundation of Jesus Christ. Their souls, which I cannot visit, are known only to their Savior. He knows every fiber of their being, and I trust Him to bring them as much joy as possible, and when there is pain, He will hold them in His arms for as long as needed. When they are in trouble, He will be there to protect them. They are His children, not mine, and children belong to the Kingdom of heaven. I trust that one day they will return there.
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