The Heart of a Child

 

The Heart of a Child

 

Have you had that moment while reading the Bible where you clearly felt God was speaking to you or sitting there pointing out exactly what He wanted you to see?

I had that moment tonight.

The “aha!” moment.

The moment where I literally laid in worship before my Father.

While reading in Matthew, chapter 11, I ran across verse 25.  It is not one of those scriptures you memorize as a child or you buy as a quote to hang in your home. In fact, I am not sure I have noticed this verse ever before. Here is what is says:

At that time, Jesus prayed this prayer: “Oh Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike”

What is happening in the verses preceding His prayer is Jesus speaking about the many towns He had visited that did not believe in Him even after He did miracles. Miracle after miracle and yet they still did not follow Him.

Reading through Matthew and much of the New Testament you will see the many Pharisees and religious people that questioned everything Jesus came to reveal and accomplish. They were so full of their own “knowledge” and traditions that they could not lay that aside to see what was standing right before them…the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE.

Going back to the verse that hit me hard, God did not reveal himself to those people. In fact, as harsh as it may sound, He hid himself from them.

Who he revealed himself too was those who were child like.

I underlined the verse, said “hmmmm” as in this is a great scripture to remember and then closed my Bible to pray.

God was not done with me yet, though.

What is a child like?

Well I know this pretty well! I have three of my own who I spend many hours with each day.

I began to list out the qualities of a child in retrospect to a parent.

They are trusting…completely trusting.

They are forgiving. My children are able to let go of so many of my mistakes every day without another word.

They are passionate. They give everything they’ve got to whatever they are doing. (just watch my son eat or my daughter sing or My oldest draw!)

When they fall down they run straight to me. No thought of anything else…straight to my arms.

When they are scared, they call out to me.

When they are weak, sick, lonely or sad, they tell me and they find comfort in me.

Each day they hang on to my leg (literally) begging for time with me. They crave my attention and a relationship with me.

They depend on me (and their daddy) for all of their needs.  Never do they worry about eating or whether they will get what they NEED.

They enjoy every moment TODAY yet look eagerly to their future. (my 4 year old was telling me all about turning 5 the day she turned 4!)

I know there are many more characteristics of a child that I could go into but these stuck out to me as I chatted with God.

Suddenly I began to sob. If I am God’s child, when and why did I stop being just that? Why did I lose my child likeness?

When I get hurt, why do I lash out at others instead of run straight to His arms.

When I am scared why do I let the fear become so great that I can not even cope, instead of screaming out His name in the darkness?

Where is my trust? Why do I question so much of what He is doing in my life and has blessed me with?

Most of all, why am I not hanging on to his leg, if you will, soaking up every second of Him and his presence just like my children do to me?

Oh man, as I laid before my God, my Father, my comforter I did not feel guilt or shame, I only felt hope and love. I felt Him asking me to stop trying to be so wise and clever, but to be His child.

How beautiful this can be! To become a child before God, taking in everything about Him with wonder filled eyes as we so often see in our own children.

In the next verses Jesus gives hope to us. He says, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

I think He is speaking right to us “adults” here. The ones that have “grown up” too fast and tried to do it on their own.  We are tired, we have so many things we try to carry on our shoulders and manage on our own. He is calling to us. He wants to give us rest!

Rest, mom!! How amazing does that sound. You know you need it. But this isn’t just a little nap in the afternoon, this is soul rest. Rest for your worn soul. Deep and satisfying rest for your mind, body and spirit.

“Let me teach you because I am humble and gentle at heart.”

Just as a child’s mind is so moldable, they sit before us watching everything we say and do, so we can be to our Father. He is offering to teach us but in that He reminds us of this: He is HUMBLE and GENTLE at heart.

That is our God! Not a dictator or harsh ruler who reminds us of how amazing and awesome He is.  No, he is humble.  His heart is Gentle. That makes it pretty easy to trust Him  and become completely vulnerable when we know His heart is Gentle.

I am asking God to make my heart like a child’s. I very clearly can not physically become a child again, those years are over and I am ageing as I write this but my heart, no one knows my heart better than the creator of it and He is asking me to open it as a child. To keep it vulnerable and moldable and pure for Him.

When I do this, He promises to reveal Himself to me. He promises to give my heart rest and He knows I need it!

Much Love, 

1 comment to The Heart of a Child

  • This was just amazing. What a great revelation from God. I also love those moments when the Word is speaking straight to my heart, or I receive a new understanding. God is just awesome. Thanks for sharing and encouraging us to be a child with our Father.
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