Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.” Matthew 18:3-4
Isn’t the pure sweet innocence of a child so beautiful? Lately I have been overcome with emotion at the beautiful innocence of my children. The Lord is reminding me what a treasure that is in young children: Their wonder and eagerness to learn…Their humble and lowly position…Their dependence and submission to their parents.
I want that.
There are so many things we must learn and grow out of as we grow from child to adult. So many ways to mature, but this is something to keep. Sometimes when I am busy multi-tasking- cooking dinner, bouncing Libby on a hip, making sure Weston is in sight not destroying anything, and I realize I am not sure where Caroline is…I’ll call out “CAROLINE”, and she’ll say “Here I am, Mommy”. I don’t know why, but that is such a sweet thing to hear. It’s so much better than an annoyed, “WHAT?!” (Which happens too sometimes…) To me it sounds like, “Don’t worry Mommy. I’m right here. What can I do for you?”
I think it would be nice for the Lord to hear this when He is calling us to Him. It is so humbling to realize that out of His love and mercy, He is in pursuit of us. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
It is so easy to get sucked in to the world around us–the busyness with worry, stress, pride, envy… I like to grab the reins and sit in the driver’s seat. I quickly become a mess when I try to be the boss, instead of surrendering to Him. A way to keep the right perspective is making time to just “be” with the Lord. Not just in morning quiet time, but other times throughout the day. Our time to “be still” with the Lord can easily be shoved to the back of the line and get lost or hang just barely out of reach. When this happens, I lose my perspective. I’m in a phase of life where it is so hard to get a minute! I’ve been known to “have to go to the bathroom” for a really long time for a moment of peace! Being intentional and making it a priority to rest with the Lord is the only way it gets done. It’s crazy to think sometimes that we have to be intentional to rest.
But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content. Psalm 131:2