What makes a kid a kid?
One of the things I love about kids is their willingness to believe. They aren’t born cynical. You tell them a big man in a red suit with a white beard riding reindeer brings presents to every person in the world in one 24 hour span…and they believe.
Belief is in the DNA of a child.
Life…and probably parents like me…beat it out kids. I tend to use this natural sense of belief against them for fun (well, my fun). I do cruel things like pretend to call the teacher on Saturday morning to “verify” they are to go to school.
It works until they are about 6 or 7. Then they become jaded.
Don’t be so jaded!
Jesus cautions us about our natural, adult lack of belief. He encourages adults to act like children. He wants us to go to Him because we simply believe.
“I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” -Luke 18:17
Jesus chides His disciples because they don’t allow the kids to come AND because they don’t believe like children.
How do we have childlike belief?
For over the past year, my family has been in the process of moving from Louisburg, Kansas to a permanent home in Shawnee (about 30 minutes apart). It’s been a long, drawn-out process with lots of ups and downs.
It’s been hard. Why hasn’t God moved sooner? Why did the one house fall through? Why are we renting? Why aren’t we in the right district to register our daughter for high school now?
We’ve had a lot of questions and concerns. Honestly, they are fairly minor, but they are still nagging and worrisome in everyday life. It’s difficult to believe when you can’t see an end to your present reality. What do you do?
Believe like a kid…
My 6 year old is an active kindergarten boy. He runs, jumps, bangs into walls. He also is able to physically lean back completely into me. He sits on my lap with a comfort that I can protect him from anything and everything. He completely trusts in me. He trusts in me, even when he doesn’t completely understand what is happening around him.
Don’t stop believin’!
Last week, out of the blue, we found a perfect house. We ended up in a bit of a bidding war, but long story short…it’s ours!
Now we’re in the inspection phase. Inspectors always find something wrong…because things aren’t always perfect. No one wants to pay any more money (buyer or seller), so how do we proceed?
With childlike faith.
More and more, I’m learning rest and rely on God. Kia and I feel like this is THE house. If that is true, we have to believe God will work out the details. We have to call on Him to be our defender. We have to ask Him to change hearts and minds. We have to believe He will provide finances (or the will to change) on either side.