Childlike Faith

Previously published on 7/30/2013

But Jesus called to them saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” Luke 18:16-17

Have you ever witnessed the pure faith of a child who knows she is dearly loved? It’s a beautiful thing to see. I have a niece who is three-and-a-half years old (she’d want to make sure I included that half a year) and she has recently learned to swim. She’s always loved the water, but in the last few months, she’s become a strong enough swimmer to not need her “floaties” anymore. Now, she gets to be a little more adventurous.

Before I tell you about what I saw today, I’d like to tell you a little more about my niece and her parents. My brother and his wife have created a home where my niece absolutely knows she is loved. It’s a beautiful thing to witness. Even when he has to discipline or teach her, he does it in such a loving way. As his big sister, I couldn’t be prouder. That little girl is surrounded by love, in a home where Jesus is followed, and adored by all of those who get to be part of her world. And, she thrives on it all.

Today, my husband and I were able to spend a few hours with my family on a short trip to Atlanta. We joined a little pool party that was already in progress. The thing that is playing over and over again in my mind is the absolutely perfect trust my niece has in her dad, my brother. Without reservation, she flings herself into his arms. She stands on the diving board, out in the deep end, and jumps into his arms. It doesn’t even occur to her that he would let her fall. With reckless abandon, she leaps into the security of her father’s embrace. It was so much fun to see.

I wish I was more like that with my Heavenly Father. As a grown up, I’ve learned that humans have a tendency to disappoint and fail us at times. They don’t usually mean to, but it’s just our nature. We’re imperfect. But, we have a Father who loves us perfectly and never fails us. Never. When I’m having trouble taking that leap of faith to trust Him, I hope I’ll think of my niece and how she dove right into the deep end. I hope I remember how beautiful it was to see reckless abandon and perfect faith. And, then, I hope I’ll leap into the unknown with perfect trust in my Father’s leading and embrace.

What are you hoping for today? What is The Lord asking you to do that seems scary and maybe impossible? Will you take a chance? Trust Him. He never fails. And, it’s a beautiful thing to watch Him love His children.

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