When I was a child I used to imagine that there was a machine that recorded my every thought. If every thought were recorded since my birth I would probably be in prison for life. Thank you, God, for not playing back the audio for the whole wide world to hear. Despite a child’s declaration that they hate you and never want you as their parent, sister, friend, ever again, overall their minds seem quite innocent.
I visited some friends of mine in Portland a couple weeks ago. My friend there has two daughters; 6 and 9 (I think). They are just full of wonder, but I can already see that the 9-year-old is already losing that sense. She’s already not asking as many question, much to the relief of their mother, I’m sure, but her imagination is still quite vibrant. If you enjoy children like I do, you travel into their childhood with them just being in their presence. You experience the joy of discovering new and exciting things. You roll on the floor laughing as they exclaim, “Nobody puts deodorant in their armpits! That’s for your face!” You giggle along with them as you tickle their toes, and you can’t help but smile as you watch them soundly sleep.
God created man in his image, and that to me says that God is joyful, good humored, excited, and quick to forgive just the same as children. Yes, he is all-knowing, but he is also innocent. He is sin-free, and therefore, he experiences these fearless emotions that the very young experience. When we repent of our sins we not only know they are forgiven, but we get to experience this holy freedom that comes with slates wiped clean, new beginnings, the wonder of discovery, and renewed innocence.
Repent of your sins now, known and unknown. Let God search your heart of those sins unseen. Then go discovery something new or discovery something again as if you never knew it existed. Smell a rose, climb a mountain, turn over a stone, call a long-lost friend. Experience the air with new breath, for you are sanctified.