It has only recently struck me how profound it is to have the Kingdom of God present in our every moment reality, as expressed through my very own children.
These children are like little prophets running through the house, constantly calling my attention to any number of Kingdom realities I am not consciously aware of as I, say, stir the soup, or clip the baby’s toe nails.
While not every word out of their mouths is a flow of edification (words like “poopy diaper head” come to mind), so often they are speaking faith, identifying Kingdom life, and speaking the language of what C. S. Lewis called “deep magic”.
For example, we were driving the other day and my son started shouting and pointing to some numbers on the car that had lined up like this: 17 17 17.
I had told the children a long time ago to pay attention to things that happen in sequences of three, as it is often God calling their attention to something that He wants to reveal to them (the way Peter saw the vision of the animals being lowered in the blanket three times in Acts 10).
My son was so delighted that he even took a picture to remember the numbers.
Later that night I Googled the significance of the number 17 in the Bible and was met with this:
In the Bible the number 17 symbolizes “overcoming the enemy” and “complete victory.”
God overcame the sins of rebellious humans when he began to flood the earth through rain on the 17th of the second Hebrew month. Noah’s ark and its eight passengers rested on the mountains of Ararat on the 17th of the seventh month (right in the middle of God’s annual Holy period known as the Feast of Tabernacles).
Jesus Christ gained a complete victory over death and the grave when God resurrected him near sunset on Nisan 17 (Saturday, April 8, 30 A.D.).
All I could see where the words: complete victory! This was significant to me for a few reasons, personally, when I also realized that was God speaking to me through my son to remind me that this year (2017) is the 17th year of my marriage. I have yet to see where the third 17 comes in, but I am excited and expectant!
I am so thankful for these magnificent spirits that call me “mom” while also calling my attention to the greater things of the Kingdom that are all around me even as we muddle through the messes and wonders of a life woven together like so many threads of glitter and love.