(Please forgive me for not getting this posted yesterday, but I was super busy enjoying my grandbabies and forgot!)
The older I get, the more I understand.
My children taught me so many lessons about trust, obedience, faith, and the lack of any or all of these.
Now, I’m learning from my grandchildren.
It’s a different walk, because I don’t see them every day.
There’s also the change in perspective and the difference in me.
Of course, I’m also older and have experienced life longer.
With all these differences, the lessons are no less profound.
I was recently struck by how easily a small child can become frightened.
An infant, especially, can be filled with fear just over something unexpected.
How similar I am.
Just an unexpected break in our routine can sometimes cause me to be afraid.
Trying something new, is an area I fight being fearful of.
But these are not the areas where God wants me to be child-like.
Matthew 18:3-4NKJV — and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
Jesus was talking about faith.
Interestingly, to have that child-like faith means to trust.
A young child is totally dependent upon their parents for everything, from food to shelter to security and love.
Because their parents love them, they find security in that relationship.
They eagerly run to their parents if separated for a time or in need.
They cling to them with all their might.
They are overjoyed when their parents simply give them time and attention.
Which is exactly what each one of us can have in our Heavenly Father.
He’s proven Himself loving, trustworthy, able, and fully engaged in seeking a relationship with each one of us, individually.
He’s calling each one of us to trust Him, to realize we are completely dependent upon Him, and to find security and perfect love in our relationship with Him.
Once, we repent and turn from our sins, He restores us, giving us a heart of flesh, washed clean by His blood. Eze. 11:19
Child-like faith is found in the heart and is in itself a testimony to the wonders of God and His glorious works.
From our beginning, mankind has wanted to do life on our own, without God’s direction and leading, yet we find so much more when we completely surrender, and look with adoration to our Heavenly Father, Maker of heaven and earth.
Matthew 19:14 NKJV — But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for showing us what our relationship with You should be like by giving us little children. Lord, thank You for creating us, loving us, and saving us from sin. Your truth is amazing. Your blessings are incredible. Please continue to teach me how to have child-like faith and how to pass on these truths to those around me. Lord, thank You for Your patience with me as I learn to be humble and to trust You through all things. Lord, thank You for Your wisdom which teaches me not to rly upon myself and my short-sighted understanding, but rather to turn to You and cling to Your truths and be guided by Your Word. Thank You, Jesus for so many blessings. I love You. Amen.