Day 18 of 40 Days of Grace – Like a Child
Day 18 – Working with children at Community Bible Study the other day made me think. Observing them was interesting. Some were quiet and others antsy, but they all seemed to have a sense of self-confidence about them. They were comfortable in their group of peers. These were homeschooled children, probably more innocent than children in the public school realm, but kids nonetheless.
It occurred to me how at their age, between six and eight, how much my children still needed me. When they fell off their bikes or were betrayed by friends they knew I was there to hold them when they cried. They told me their secrets and we snuggled together on the sofa to read. But in front of their friends they were self-composed and didn’t necessarily need me all the time. They knew I was there, watching, and trusted I’d be there when they came back from playing with friends or from art class.
How much I am like that with my Heavenly Father. I know He’s always there, but I’m happy going off on my own, pretending I’m independent of Him in a sense. I can handle this. Until I get hurt that is. He’s waiting for me to notice how much I need Him and looks forward to my spending time with Him much as I always look forward to spending time with my children.
The other thing that struck me was how I thought of the things children face in the future, how limited their knowledge is of the world. They couldn’t handle all the cold bare facts, or at least until they are mature enough to understand when we explain things. Is this not like God also? Many times I would like to know more than is good for me or to have the answers to all my questions. He has them, but in His wisdom He also knows it’s more than I can handle—or understand. I am so thankful for a Father who loves me so much!
When Jesus saw what was happening, he was angry with his disciples. He said to them,“Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” (Mark 10:14-15, NLT)
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” (Isaiah 55:8, NLT)
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