And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, “Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all. And He took them in His arms and began blessing them, laying His hands on them.” Mark 10:13-16

“Mama, for my birthday can I have…”

As cute as her preschool voice was, my mind couldn’t help but tune her out. I saw it coming – another wish list. Christmas wasn’t even two weeks ago! As she talked, my mind wandered.

“She hasn’t played with all of her new toys, and now she’s asking for more? We’ve failed as parents of an only child – she is spoiled. We’re Veruca Salt’s parents off Willie Wonka!”

A mini panic attack hit me, yet she carried on.

“Please Mama – can I have those things for my birthday?”

I rejoined the conversation, feeling guilty for yet another thing – ignoring her. Instead of actively listening to a new wish list and appreciating her intention to request specifically for her birthday (knowing we’d say no since Christmas just passed), I’d gone off into my own world.

“We’ll see.”

She ran off appeased at my response, yet my thoughts didn’t slow down. How could she ask for more when she had so much? And then the small, still voice whispered deep in my heart.

“Let the little children come to me…”

And before I took on the official role as the worst mother in the planet, I was jolted into the reminder of how kids work, and how the insatiable quest for more is actually a good thing as children of God. My daughter’s thirst for more gifts was a reflection of how our Father in heaven wants us to approach him. In humility, I realized God never gets annoyed. And, he wants ALL of my requests, even if He’s answered so many.

God wants to know what we truly desire, not what we think is responsible to ask. He wants us to request without any reserve – not be overly cautious and tip-toe around praying for what our hearts really desires. He wants us to keep asking for more, even if it’s immediately after Christmas.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me approach you like a child and ask for all of my heart’s desires.