Is The Child Still Around?
November 1, 2018
I was watching my three year-old granddaughter recently and was reminded of the excitement and wonder of being a child. Everything is new and exciting every day. Looking at a flower or exploring the worms and critters hiding under the rock is a wonder to behold. Watching a plane fly overhead, or swinging ever higher to touch the sky. When she jumps off the chair into my arms there is complete trust that I will be there to catch her. And she is quick to call out for help when things overwhelm her. Each day is faced with childlike excitement at what the new day holds.
One of the dangers of “growing up” is that we can lose the child within and become adults who are critical, distrustful, and independent. While we may realize we have limitations and need help; our pride, pompous piety, fear or self-hatred can keep us from that child within which so easily recognizes its limitations and cries out for help. When things become overpowering children have no problem calling out for help.
Likewise they are incredibly honest and trusting. In Matthew 18:3 Jesus says, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.” Jesus is pointing out that we can possess the humility necessary for entrance into the kingdom of heaven if we are prepared to come as little children who are open, trusting and unashamed.
Thomas Kelly wrote, “The life that intends to be wholly obedient, wholly submissive, wholly listening, is astonishing in its completeness. Its joys are ravishing, its peace profound, its humility the deepest, its power world-shaking, its love enveloping, its simplicity that of a trusting child.”
Is the simplicity of the child within a distant memory? Do you look at children and miss the unbridled enthusiasm they have for each day? A wise man wrote, “A child lives in constant wonder, makes toys out of trash and finds life a high romance. A child expects great things of life and finds them.” My question to you is have you lost the child? If so, why not go back to your Father God and rediscover that you are “the beloved.” Enjoy being a child again and discovering each day the wonders around you.
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