Thursday, November 19, 2009

Such as These

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." (Matthew 19:14)

"I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 18:3)

I've heard many interpretations of these passages on what qualities in children we should imitate: children are innocent in their hearts, children are mold-able, children need their father, and so on. I've always leaned most towards the need of a child for his or her father.

My son and I battle every night at bedtime. As I walk away he tells me that he's scared. When I try and reassure him that his mom and I are right there on the other side of the wall he tells me, "but I can't see you!" I started to relate that to our faith in God. We believe in him and trust in him even though we can't see him. But that hasn't worked.

So a couple of nights ago, we're going through the usual routine and ensuing battle. Exasperated, I walk away as he cries about being afraid. Then he says something profound, "come hold my hand and pray." I couldn't resist.

My dad passed away 13 years ago. My son tells me I need to get a new one. I tell him that I have a perfect Father in heaven. I try and explain that God is like a Father to us. In fact, he's the best Father there ever was.

He doesn't yet buy it. And he is still scared when I turn away. He needs the comfort of knowing I am there. Like God, we can't see him but there is comfort he is there. Yet he will hear us when we cry out to him.

Clouds will rage
And storms will race in
But you will be safe in my arms
-Plumb, In My Arms

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