Advent Devotion 14

Upside Down

Eugina Robertson


Jesus 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

In Sunday school, we have been reading a book on the Beatitudes. The author explained how seeing the kingdom of God as at hand had turned the world upside down.  Also how the teachings of the Sermon on the Mount had turned everything upside down.


Then I saw the cover for the Children's Sabbath, with upside down printed in a unique way!  I had an epiphany, instead of seeing the world upside down from the adult perspective of overturned. Suddenly, I imagined a child hanging upside down on monkey bars, amazed by how different the world looks from that perspective. Hanging upside down, people are miraculously walking around on earth but in the sky (heaven) and if you look down you see sky.


From an adult perspective, if you turn a bowl of fruit upside down, fruit will uncontrollably and chaotically go everywhere. If you look at the bowl of fruit from an upside down perspective it will amazingly be held in place suspended by gravity.


Just as amazingly, the hope of heaven came to us as a little baby, and gave us a new perspective.


God, help us to see upside down. Amen.