To Have Childlike Faith
My kids make it look so easy. So effortless. So black and white.
If the Bible says it, then they totally believe it to be true….100% of the time. There is no cynicism, second-guessing, questioning, worry, or fear in the faith of our nine year old kids. Everything is matter-of-fact, and clearly stated in the Bible.
Take yesterday, for example. In preparation for the release of my first book, I’ve had to do a whole bunch of things that are completely out of my comfort zone: establish a business, get a tax ID number, set up a business banking account, talk to an attorney…and the list goes on. I returned from a trip to the bank with a stack of papers in my hand, and an overwhelming feeling of doubt.
I plopped down in my recliner, as a few tears seeped out of my eyes. “Mom, why are you crying?” our daughter asked.
“I just feel so overwhelmed and worried. There are so many things that I’m having to do that are new and different for me. I’m worried that I’m not doing things correctly.”
“Don’t worry, Mom,” she answered in a compassion-filled voice. “God has gotten you through writing the book. He will walk you through all of this too. Just do one thing at a time. You know He won’t leave you now that everything is almost finished.”
And there it was…the wisdom and truth I needed to hear. And all from a nine year-old child.
The Bible addresses this kind of faith in Matthew 18:3. “And he (Jesus) said: ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.’”
Yesterday was a blinding reminder that I need to remember the promises God makes in the Bible, and that I need the faith of my children. I’m so thankful our daughter was there for me, and reminded me that God is too.
~ Jill Power