Years ago, I directed a musical for Easter weekend. The story took us from the manger to the resurrection, in small vignettes of stories intertwined with music between. There was one scene that will always stay in my mind and heart.
In this scene, the actor playing Christ sits on a log and all the children from the play gather at his feet. The adults filled in around them. Suddenly, a small child ran from the first row of the audience, climbed the stairs on the side, and ran up to “Jesus”. The actor, winked quickly at the mom in panic…. scooped the little girl up and sat her on his knee. He then continued with his lines, as if this was all part of the show.
Not only was this a great moment of professionalism on the part of the actor, it was more so a beautiful portrait of our Jesus who said:
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” – Matthew 19:14
I am so thankful that we have a God who can be interrupted for the one who comes running up, crying out Abba Father.