"Hug Me!" - A different perspective on approaching God "as a child."

A number of places in scripture we are called to approach the kingdom of God "like a little child." I thought this scripture was quite clear before I had children. Now, since becoming the mother of three sons, I am not certain it is as simple as I once believed.

I assumed approaching God as a child had everything to do with complete trust,
pure surrender, and total dependence. In many ways, I still feel this passive and tender childlike approach to God is an entirely accurate interpretation of this scripture. But I also believe there is another way to look it.

We currently have a son, Joshua, who is 3 1/2. Every morning when Joshy wakes up I hear, "Mom, hug me!" coming from the second floor. With everything he has, Joshy screams, "Mom, hug me!"

I am blessed to be able to stay home with my 3 1/2 year old on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but as all of you moms can attest this is still a busy day. Joshua is a very insistent little child, and I hear, "Mom, hug me!" at least 100 times a day.

So, maybe this is what Jesus meant when he said,
"...the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." Maybe God desires the active insistence from us, as much as, the passive trust. Maybe being an incessant
seeker of the truth is just as attractive and interesting to God as one with blind faith.
It works for Joshua.