I never thought that a child’s pockets can be so dang deep. It’s like one of those little clown cars and like twenty clowns somehow pop out of it. My son can pack a ton of stuff into his pockets. I have no idea why he does it, it will just be ballooning out. Last Sunday, as we were head to get lunch, he pulled out 20 letters of the alphabet out of one pocket… I have no idea where the other 6 letters are, but I’m sure they are hidden in some other pocket.
For the last couple of weeks in church, we have been studying about the kingdom of heaven parables that Jesus tells his disciples, and other people. The kingdom of heaven is like the field of wheats and weeds, or the kingdom of heaven is about seeds fallen on the rocky road, thorn bushes, or good soil, the kingdom of heaven is like a pearl, the kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, the kingdom of heaven is like a tiny mustard seed, or the kingdom of heaven is like yeast. I got one more…
The kingdom of heaven is like my son’s pockets…
Even though it is small, it can be deep, and contain a whole lot of “gifts.”
The sheer amount to what my son’s pockets can hold are otherworldly! Those pockets are so small, yet it can be an endless quarry of unimaginable gifts! How many hot wheel cars can he fit in those pockets? Like the kingdom of heaven being the size of a mustard seed will become the largest tree in the garden. And the kingdom of heaven has all those wonderful gifts for us to use and take for us to use to help other people see the light of Christ that has never grown dim!
You never know what you will find, it’s a mystery and surprise.
I have found lost debit cards in my son’s pocket, my car keys, and cash? Where the heck did he find cash? I know I don’t have any! Found crayon’s and markers, even various fruits, and food, like cookies, crackers, and chips. Whenever, I dig through those pockets I never know what I am going to find, but it will be shocking, nonetheless. The kingdom of heaven is like that. God is always finding ways to surprise us and give us unexpected joys that we never thought we’d see. Never underestimate God, and never expect something from Him. God will give you something that will give you shock and awe!
What is inside the child’s pocket is so precious to them.
Have you ever tried to take something out of your child’s pockets? Well, it’s always well protected. Don’t try to take anything out because you will feel the fury and rage of a 2-year-old because whatever is in those pockets are incredibly precious. Even though it might just be a piece of wrapping paper, or liquid hand sanitizer, or a half-eaten animal cracker… those are precious to the holder of that pocket. Just like the kingdom of heaven is absolutely precious. To other people, faith, mercy, forgiveness, compassion may seem small and insignificant, and possibly childish , but to God those things matter the most than trying to climb the social or economic ladder, or being the most popular, or being the most wealthy, or having the most cool stuff. The kingdom of heaven values different things than what the world values.
Look for little bits of similes in your world that give you insight about how important and how precious the kingdom of heaven really is. Heaven is not just something up the4re, but it’s down here among us, taking its form and presence as something so precious and a child’s pockets.
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Hey this is Rev. Brian Choi's random thought throughout my week. Most of this stuff, will probably be about family, church, fishing, music, movies, food, whatever I think of, hopefully it will have some sort of theological reflection (maybe).