See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my heavenly Father.
Do I always see the face of God when I look at or speak to my children? Do I treat them with the same respect or love with which I would treat my Heavenly Father? I know beyond a doubt that answer is no, and it makes me sad.
Jesus is telling us in the passage leading up to this verse, to be like a child. I believe he is referring to their innocence and to their wonder, their blind faith that the world is a good place and that they will be taken care of in it.
So many times I am frustrated with my children because they aren’t doing what I want or need them to do. I’m very certain that Jesus would look to me in those moments, much like he did to Martha in Luke chapter 10, and call me to pause. He would ask me to see his likeness in my children and remember to be more like them.
As adults we are bogged down in so much: to do lists, stress & worry, responsibilities, status, money…the list is endless. Let’s take a moment and learn from the childlike wonder in our children’s eyes instead of wishing it away.