“…Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”
Back when I was an elementary aged kid, about 4th grade, there was a friendship pin craze. You took a safety pin, carefully placed tiny beads in various colors and then pinned them to the laces of your shoes. We often traded them or made them for friends. They were specially designed with school colors or to match an outfit. With 4 of us kids in my family, and my brother was in college by this point, you didn’t just run out to the store whenever you wanted or needed something. So what did I do when I decided I NEEDED black beads? I prayed. I literally remember doing this. I remember praying and completely believing that I would receive these much needed black beads.
True story…one day I got off the bus, I looked on the ground and saw a 35mm film case laying there. (yes, this was back before digital cameras) I picked it up and carefully opened it. Guess what was in it!? Black beads! I am totally serious. I don’t know how they got there, but as a child, I was not surprised. I knew God would answer my prayer. (by the way, I am not suggesting children pick up random garbage off the streets to explore!…it was a different world back then!)
I started thinking about why we tend to lose that total faith as we get older. Yes, we weather storms and not all prayers are answered in the timing and the way we want them to be. Does that chip away at our faith? Or is it that we see such devastation in other parts of the world that maybe we were shielded from as children…does that diminish our faith? Maybe we just get too busy with life and we lose the connection with God. Maybe that weakens our faith. The next verse after the above passage is “Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them. Mark 10:15-16 I think we need to be a little more childish.
Most of us who believe have faith in Heaven. That if we are saved, God will bring us to join him. That is something that is kind of easy to have faith in. Some of us don’t have much faith in the direction of our country with an important election coming up. Why does our faith falter with that issue? I am guilty of it, too. But I started to think…either God IS faithful, or He’s not. I know He is. And He did not say He is faithful with some things and not others. God can’t do that. He is ALL faithful, ALL powerful and mighty and just and trustworthy…
What if we Christians started acting like kids again? I mean with childlike faith. What if we came to God in prayer fully believing and expecting him to answer? He said He would! …The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16 What if we, as believers, would dare to have complete faith when we pray? Imagine what could happen! In Mark 11:32 Jesus said, “Have faith in God”. In verse 24 He continues, “…whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Oh I totally believed when I prayed for black beads. And yes, I have lost some of that childlike faith. But I am bound and determined to get it back! He is the same God He was when I was in 4th grade. I changed, not Him.
Imagine the great things God can do if we call upon Him and truly believe He’ll answer! Just as I have faith that this chair I am sitting on will hold me, I choose to have faith that our Almighty Father is holding each one of us in his hands. That He has a plan for each one of us, our country and the world. So get a little childish…go a little crazy and have total, complete and unwavering faith in God.
Dear God, Thank You that You are faithful. Always and completely. Forgive us that life sneaks in and chips away at our faith. We long to pray to you and be scooped up in your Almighty arms like a child, with total faith that you hear us and will answer. Amen