“He called a little child to Him, and placed the child among them. And He said: ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” Matthew 18:2-3
We sat there rocking, my daughter and I. She had awoken crying and I had gone to her room to comfort her. As we rocked, her body relaxed against me and soon she was asleep again—at peace. No longer bothered by whatever had caused the disturbance in her slumber. It was a simple affair, really.
As I sat there holding her, I wished I was more like my sweet daughter in letting my worries go and allowing Another to comfort me.
There is a reason why Jesus used a child as an example of faith. What do children do when they are scared, worried, hurt or needing encouragement? They look for someone stronger than them to help them through it. And they don’t waste time feeling any shame in that. They know from where to draw strength and they go quickly to the source. Once there, they allow themselves to be comforted.
It is this ultimate dependence that lets us admit our need for a Savior–lets us admit our inability to cleanse ourselves from our own unrighteousness. Indeed, it is this faith that allows us to cry out to Him to save us from the sins that keep us from Him and His Kingdom.
It is beautiful and simple, this idea of resting in our Father’s arms—of trading our sin for His Holiness, our turmoil for His peace. And, all it takes is to have the faith of a little child.
Precious Father, I want to believe like a child and trust like a child. I know it’s that ultimate faith in You that will bring me the most peace and also honor You the most. That is what I want, Lord. Thank You for helping me today, and for letting me be Your child. Amen.