Dare to Be a Kid
Think of the last time that you truly in awe of something.
For me, it was when the doors to the sanctuary in Michigan opened to reveal Sarah in all of her bridal glory!
Shortly after that, we experienced some awesome sights in Mexico, but since then, I’ve been hard pressed to be impressed.
Sometimes I tease Sarah a bit when she experiences new things because of the face that she makes when she’s really enjoying something, and she seems to be more easily impressed than me (that’s a good thing). Like the time when we went to the auto show (the auto show!) and she was walking around like a kid in a candy store! Then, I took her on her first trip to Wrigley Field. If you’ve never been, it really is magical, I promise. She still refers to it with excitement, and can’t wait to go back this summer.
Have you ever wondered why Jesus uses children as an example when He talks about faith? I mean, children are naive, still learning what it means to be a person, and some don’t have a solid grasp of reality – why on earth would we want to be childlike in our faith?
Now, I’ve never been myself, but I’ve heard plenty of stories of adults who suddenly become kids when entering Disney World. I’m not talking about adults like me who are kind of kid-like often, I’m talking about well mannered, mature, educated adults that experience a sudden transformation upon entering the magic land of Mickey. The wonder and awe of the childhood returns as they relive the experience of the cartoons that helped shape them growing up.
Maybe this is just a taste of what Jesus is talking about when it comes to our faith. Where every experience we have of God is in awe and wonder, not lifeless and boring. I remember the times when I would “go exploring” out in the woods and the mystery and excitement of it all would enrapture my imagination. How often do I let the awe, mystery, wonder and excitement of God’s Word take my heart and mind to new places? Where my time with God is not just “that thing Christians do” but instead becomes the most exciting place during my day where my learning, growth and exploration become thrilling and meaningful! Jesus also says that our faith should be like that of a child. See kids are “not smart enough” to know why something isn’t going to work, or why something isn’t magical, they just believe something to be true and it becomes true for them. Well, imagine a God who can do anything asking you to step out in faith, not knowing what the outcome can be. With that small, innocent, childlike faith, we can move mountains!
Ok, then! Let’s learn to be kids again (some of you are thinking that “again” shouldn’t apply to me) and follow Jesus wholeheartedly with excitement, awe and wonder! In Mark 10:14-15 Jesus says, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Children accept a gift with openness and wonder, accept God’s gift and continue on in the wonder of who He is!