My husband and I are enjoying a wonderful visit with our niece, her husband, and their two sons. We’ve never visited with just our two families…usually our visits are confined to extended family events, which are always filled with fun, food, confusion, and lots of noise. Did I mention LOTS OF NOISE??? Haha!!! Although we love our time with the whole family, it can get overwhelming!
Something my great nephew did when they first arrived at our home kind of jolted me. In a good way…it was refreshing. The same scenario happened with one of the sons of our previous houseguests, who are very good friends of ours, who had never been to our home before.
As soon as the boys came in the house, I noticed them looking around, especially up the stairs. After a few moments of that, one of my (great) nephews said, “Can you show us your house…can we have a tour?” I could FEEL their curiosity, and it warmed my heart to hear the question asked with such innocence and simplicity.
So many times, I would have loved to “tour” a friend’s home, but would never even think to ask.
So we started the room to room tour. In each room, they both looked around, very interested, and even asked questions. Then they asked the un-askable…”What’s in there?” The closed doors of our closets were very interesting to them. I swung them open and showed them all the hidden things inside. Questions were asked, curiosities were addressed, and we moved on.
This little interaction started me thinking. “And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” What was Jesus trying to tell us in this passage? A few thoughts come to my mind that might be attributed to children…teachable, humble, innocent, inquisitive.
Are we always open and willing to ask questions about those things that are a mystery and “hidden” to us? Are we seeking answers with a humble spirit, and looking for the answers in the right places? I had many questions about my Catholic faith for many years, and those questions just tumbled around in my head and heart, causing doubt and misdirection in my soul. I even read books that were against the Catholic Church, and all it stands for. I was nothing but confused. When I finally starting looking for answers through scriptures, meeting with my priest, and reading about the Catholic faith, my questions were finally answered in my heart and soul. Like my young nephews, I was able to assess what was revealed to me, ask questions, and then move on.
Another thought popped in my head. What “hidden things” are closed up in our “closets”? It is those things…the hidden things of the heart…that form the fruit of our lives, whether it be good or bad fruit. Our fellow Christians and unbelievers alike, are interested in learning what is contained in our “closets”. They are curious, and are not just interested in words or a Christian façade. They are searching for the Truth. They will know it when they see it in you.
The question is…are you ready to let go, to swing the door of your heart open to reveal all the hidden things?
“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3
“For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed
that will not be known or brought out into the open.” Luke 8:17