“People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”” Mark 10: 13 – 15
When my daughter was about 12 months old, she loved rolling around on my bed. She loved sitting up and falling back onto the soft and comfortable bedding and mattress. She loved doing barrel rolls all around. Her laugh would fill the room as she just experienced such carefree joy by doing this. Sometimes, she would get a little wild where she was rolling around and my husband or I had to catch her or she would fall onto the wood floors. It would give us a good little scare, but she would just continue to smile and laugh. She did this because she knew we would always be there to catch her. She hadn’t learned what it would feel like to fall on the floor because she put her trust into Ben and I, and we never let her down.
I have seen these words from the book of Mark before, and I have often heard people say that you need to have childlike faith. My daughter Charlotte gave these words such a new meaning for me. As a baby, she needed us for every aspect of her life from feeding her to keeping her clean to keeping her safe. She needed us, but she also delighted in us. When I think about that for my own life, I think about how lacking my faith is at times. How I don’t put trust in God, and how instead, I put trust in myself. How much more can I trust the God of the universe than Charlotte can put her trust in me and my husband? What if instead, I lived my life believing that God will be there to catch me when I fall?
Do you have childlike faith? What does that look like in your life? Most of us are at a point now in our lives where we don’t need someone to take care of our needs like getting us ready for work or putting us to bed. But I think we need someone to turn to with our fears. I think we need someone to put our trust in for the future. We can sometimes turn to earthly things or people for that, but at some point, they will let us done. God is incapable of letting us down. He will not let you fall of the bed, but He will catch you and pick you back up. You can trust in Him and delight in him.
written by Katie Choi