Someone gave me a greeting card years ago with this image on the cover. I’ve had it on my desk ever since–and that’s about three desks now…it moves with me wherever I go. It’s called First Snow in Kazan and was shot in 1970 in what was then the Soviet Union. Every time I look at this image and see those two little faces I think of two things…that children are children wherever and whenever they are–the children with whom Jesus played looked just like these children and these children look just like ours. And secondly, that these faces are exactly what Jesus meant by Kingdom.
Does your faith life make you feel like this?
These children would be in their early 40s by now. I wonder if they still have these smiles? Did they jump and squeal and run for the door at the sight of the first snows this winter? Did they turn their faces up and greet each flake landing on their cheeks and tongue? Did you? Did I? The difference between these faces and ours may be the difference between Kingdom and not Kingdom. We can enter Kingdom–be Kingdom–anytime we want…anytime we can lose ourselves in a first snow.