I was listening to Andrew Davis’ sermon in Matthew 19:13-15. He quoted this wonderful insight about small children and their desire to know and be open to God (Andrew did not give the author):
As the flower in the garden stretches toward the light of the sun, so there is in the child a mysterious inclination toward the eternal light. Have you ever noticed this mysterious thing that when you tell the smallest child about God, the child never asks with strangeness and wonder, “Who is God; I have never seen him,” but listens with a shining face to the words as though they were soft loving sounds from the land of home?
Or when you teach a child to fold its little hands in prayer it does this as though it was just a matter of course. As though there were an opening for that child of that world of which the child has been dreaming and longing with anticipation.
“but Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven’ (Matt. 19:14).”