A veterinarian was examining a ten year old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners were a family of four, Ron, his wife, Lisa and their little boy, Shane. All were very attached to Belker and they were hoping for a good report from the doctor.
As the veterinarian examined Belker, he found the older dog was dying. He explained that there was nothing he could do to help their beloved pet. He then told the family, that he could perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.
As arrangements were being made, Ron and Lisa told the veterinarian that they thought it would be good for six year old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.
The next day, the doctor felt a familiar catch in his throat as Belker's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, as he was petting the older dog for the last time. The doctor wondered if Shane really understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.
Shane seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. As they sat together for a little while after Belker's death, they wondered aloud about the sad fact that animals lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, "I know why!"
parents and his older sister. Not one of them had ever heard a more comforting explanation.
He said, "People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life... like loving everyone all the time and being nice, right?" The six year old continued, "Well dogs, like Belker already know how to do that, so they don't have to live as long as people!"
Truly, children seem to be able to explain, with simplicity, the most complex and intricate questions that many of us have concerning life.
They are able to give us straightforward and clear answers, that not only satisfy us, but they also give us an assurance that relieves any doubts we may have had. Answers that establish a strength and longing to silence our lack of faith and hope.
For the above reasons, I love to have conversations with little children... for they remind me of how easy life was... way back then!
Is it any wonder why Jesus said to them, "Allow the children to come to Me and do not forbid or prevent or hinder them for to such belongs the kingdom of God.
And... is it any wonder that Jesus says, "Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive and accept and welcome the kingdom of God like a little child [does] positively shall not enter it at all.
But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them. Mark 10:14-16
My friends... when life gets to complicated... when answers evade you... and when you are afraid and don't know what to do, you can come to Jesus. He doesn't require you to know it all... He asks that you come before Him, as a child. He will do the rest! He will restore to you the joy you are longing for!