Faith of a Child

One Sunday morning I was working next to the stage loading boxes when I heard a little voice. “Can you help me?” I looked over to see a small boy sitting on the edge of the stage looking down, obviously wanting to be on the ground level floor, but knowing the drop off was too far to safely jump. I gladly helped him down and was touched and flattered that I got to be of assistance.

I marveled at his trust and ease at asking for help. If it had been me, I don’t think I would have even thought to ask someone for help. I would have been trying to solve the problem by myself, maybe tying sheets together and rappelling over the edge and perhaps creating even greater problems for myself and possibly others.

“I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” Mark 10:15

In life I sometimes find myself on the edge of a figurative cliff, trying desperately to figure out solutions to get myself to a better location. Unfortunately asking God for wisdom and help isn’t always the first thing that comes to mind. But why not? Is it pride, fear, or the need to feel independent? Why not follow the example of a little child and with simple trust and humility, ask my Father for help, wisdom, and direction? Why miss a single opportunity to engage in relationship with my Lord and Savior?

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:4-6

This trust in God is ultimately what life is all about and what brings joy and fulfillment. It is not necessarily getting to the destination, but how I get there that matters most. And if that journey also involves stepping forward together in Christ with others, how much more fulfilling. Not only do you reach your destination intact, but you get the priceless bonds of friendship and relationship as the ultimate reward. After all, if we follow Jesus, then they will know us by our love.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35