. . . and a Jesus who is VERY kind!
I have a little daughter named Annika. She has bright and sparkly eyes and is completely adorable . . . even more so than the little girl in the above picture.
The other night she met Jesus.
One morning a week or two ago she woke up after a night of rest and came into our bedroom. I had already gone to work since I’m working long hours right now. The first thing Annika said to my wife was, “Now I know what Jesus looks like. I saw him last night.”
She must have had a very vivid experience during the night, because she can’t seem to stop talking about it.
According to Annika, Jesus is very kind. My wife overheard her telling her little sister, “Jesus is very kind. He really likes to hold you. If you were sitting in your car seat, you wouldn’t even strap. You would want to sit in his lap so much that you would get unstrapped and go right up to the front seat and sit in His lap.”
And according to Annika, He’s coming back. It might be any day. The first day she kept talking about Him coming back, and when evening came and He still hadn’t returned, in a sad and wistful tone, she said, “I guess He’s not coming back today.”
Sometimes she will sit at the window watching for Jesus to come. Sometimes she asks, “Can I eat my breakfast over here by the window just in case Jesus comes?” The other day she suggested that she will watch and if she sees a little speck, then the boys should quickly run out and put the dog away so that everyone is ready to go.
I am profoundly grateful to God for blessing us with this adorable little girl.
And I’m so thankful to God for visiting her the other night. Her simple faith stimulates my faith and it humbles me as her father.
“Dear Jesus, please come back soon. We all are waiting for you. And nobody is waiting for you more eagerly than my little girl, Annika.”