Day 10

Making Room for Children

Psalm 139:13-16, Proverbs 17:6, Matthew 18:1-6, Matthew 19:14, Matthew 21:14-16, Mark 10:13-16, Ephesians 6:1-4

BY Kaitlin Wernet

Text: Psalm 139:13-16, Proverbs 17:6, Matthew 18:1-6, Matthew 19:14, Matthew 21:14-16, Mark 10:13-16, Ephesians 6:1-4

“Mama, I feel like I’m upside down in a cornfield!”

Maybe this is something commonly heard in motherhood, but since I’ve yet to become one, I wouldn’t know. Hopefully, you’re just as confused as I was when I woke up to this statement in the middle of the night.

I rubbed my eyes in confusion. It took a minute to regain my bearings and remember exactly where I was—at the beach, with one of my best friends and her three children.

It was their annual beach vacation, and I’d said yes last-minute to hopping in the minivan for a few days of saltwater and sunshine before the rest of the family arrived. I didn’t have to be a mother to know that a seven-hour trip with three kids and only one short episode of crying—and one, small snack-spilling incident—was some kind of miracle. Victorious, we’d tossed aside our sandals and rolled up our jeans at the first sight of ocean, splashing around in the dark until we could barely keep our eyes open.

Our cozy hotel room was filled with baby snuggles and loud giggles, worlds away from my quiet apartment at home, and I loved making room for every sweet moment. I was letting the little children come to me and received cuteness and cuddles—a serious benefit—in return. But upon waking up in the middle of the night, the scene was a little different.

A flipped lightswitch signaled that the “upside down in a cornfield” child was awake and not dreaming. Her tiny whimper and the worried look on her mama’s face confirmed the girl’s sudden sickness and strange hallucination. Their hurried footsteps headed for the bathroom, where baby brother’s travel crib was still blocking the toilet. That’s when I remembered that I’d been sharing a water bottle with the sweet, sickly child all day long, which meant I was probably halfway to a cornfield myself.

Small things sometimes turn out to be the most significant and, well, contagious—especially when they have hearts that beat like yours and mine. Making room for children is hard because we never stop being children ourselves. We never stop needing our Father. We struggle to make room even for ourselves, only to see that He already has, again and again.

This is why it’s important to make room for the children tugging on our shirts and hanging on our legs even—especially—if they aren’t living in our homes. The parent-child relationship is one of the most prevalent themes in Scripture. Shouldn’t it be one of the most prevalent themes in our lives? We should care for these little ones Jesus loves so dearly. Even when it means getting messy. Even when it means waking up in the middle of the night. Even when it means being upside down in a cornfield.

Isn’t that what He does for us? God knew us when we were formless (Psalm 139:16). He prepared praise from our mouths (Matthew 21:16). He asks us simply to come to Him (Matthew 19:14). May we do the same for others, especially when they are small, for they are not small to Him. Amen.

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93 thoughts on "Making Room for Children"

  1. Rachel James says:

    This was a great message for me today but reaffirms my work with students and encouraged me to be more patient and welcoming with my own child.

  2. Tana says:

    It’s interesting that I just finished reading this devotion because it is 3:20 a.m. and I’ve been up with my little girl for almost two hours. She awoke restless and then an hour after she awoke (and I almost had her back to sleep), her 3 year old brother woke saying his “tummy hurt”. Thankfully, brother is back to sleep but Lil’ sis is still going. She’s very joyful and wide awake!! After being a mommy for almost 16 years, I have learned that these little “interruptions” are opportunities to love on my children. I can be annoyed at this moment or embrace it and show this child patience and understanding, just as God has lovingly done time and again for me. Thank you Jesus for always reminding me that motherhood is one of the many ways you are helping to mold me into your likeness and teach me to be filled with grace…even in the middle of the night.

  3. Larissa says:

    In preparation to go back to work teaching little first graders, this devotion was a great reminder of the love Jesus has for His children. If I am to be like Christ, I need to grow in patience, gentleness, and kindness toward my little kiddos. I don’t have kids of my own yet, but being a teacher has taught me so much already about taking care of kids and their many needs. It has also reminded me of what child-like faith and joy looks like! This makes me feel blessed to be called to a position to work with children.

  4. Claire says:

    As an expectant mummy to baby #2 I love this reminder-I love reading that God knows this precious bump and is forming a beautiful baby inside…that he knows my wonderful toddler and I can trust Him with all his days for He knows them already! And that through sleepless nights (which I am quite anxious about) he will watch over us all!

  5. Marsha says:

    I estimate that have worked with almost 25,000 elementary and middle school students during my 25 years in campus administration. I absolutely love working with these students and parents and pray for them and love them through the tough days. In addition to my school kiddos, I have 2 adult girls and 1 grandson. There is no greater joy than children and time and work with them is a blessing. Praying for the sweet, inquisitive, Jesus-like innocence children every day. Thanks for this devotional!

  6. Thank you this lesson was beautiful. Thank you for sharing

  7. Chay says:

    I could read this every day. I have four children, I have taken in a nephew in past as well. I am so blessed (and stressed). I am exhausted and run down. I listen to worship when I feel low and lonely. I pray to my Father throughout every day. I lean on Him to guide me to raise my children to be on fire for Him and seek His will in their lives. I also want to help other children, foster care? Adoption? Mentoring? Bring them to me! I am not perfect, I don’t have it all together, but children are the most challenging and rewarding blessings in life. They make me want to scream and cry and kiss and cuddle.
    People always ask how I do it, and I don’t take the opportunity often enough to tell them my “secret” is a God full of grace and love. God has used my children to shape my life, to bring me nearer to Him. I only wish I’d begun truly loving and following Him sooner.

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