Note: This photo appeared in an unsolicited e-mail advertisement from Sutherlands Hardware. It is probably copyright protected – it is not my photo and I make no claim to it, other than to share the powerful energy feeling that came from the image of a child and dog playing in sprinkler.
Look at the photo. The child and dog are not worried about anything, just enjoying the moment, allowing themselves to be abandoned to the joy of trying to catch sprays of water on a hot day. Just think about them running around the yard, the child shrieking with delight, the dog barking with excitement. How well they will sleep tonight!
When is the last time you enjoyed something without worrying about how you looked, what you were wearing, what someone else might think about your behavior, whether anyone was looking at you, what time of day it was, where else you might need to be?
This image transports me instantly to those carefree hot afternoons when playing in the sprinkler was all that mattered, whether myself as a child or watching my daughter when she was a little girl as she dragged the hose around, watering the “thirsty holes in the yard.”
This is what it means to become like the little children, letting loose those binding thoughts, fears, and claims that chain us to a reality of our own making.
Challenge yourself today – go out and play in the rain, walk barefoot in the grass, glory in the feel of the sun, wind, air on your skin. Play with a sense of complete freedom with your children, pets, family, and friends. Laugh just for the sake of the joy that will flow out from you, for laughter is one of the most contagious experiences we can share – be the source of someone’s smile within the next hour if you can.
Get yourself a sprinkler and run through the jetting streams, catch them on your tongue, feel the trickle of cold water down your back, neck, arms, and legs while also feeling the sun dry the dampness on your skin. Hold the hose and shoot water high in the air and make your own rainfall, allow the glistening drops of liquid diamonds shower around you and create your own rainbow.
It does not matter where you live – look at the children, how they find ways to play and be at One with their environment. Be like them in the way that they allow themselves to feel whatever they feel, without restriction, opening to each other, offering to share their joy, offering to encourage another’s sorrow.
In Matthew 6:33, we are told, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Then, Matthew 18:3 tells us, “Verily I say unto you, ‘Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.’”
You don’t have to leave Planet Earth in order to experience Heaven on Earth right now. The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand now! Become as the little child who lives fully in the moment, open arms and open heart to all the joy flowing to you, just waiting for you to embrace your Blessed life now. There’s plenty of time to be a grown-up tomorrow.