A Child Again

To see the world through the eyes of a child

I remember thinking, when I was young and still living at home, “Someday I will be grown-up and I will make my own decisions and no one will be able to tell me what to do.”

These kinds of thoughts and aspirations came to mind this past week when I was talking with my daughter.  She asked me a question, and I said I didn’t know the answer.  Her reply was, “Let’s ask dad, he will know.  He knows everything.”

But instead of drawing me into thoughts of her dad and what a great father he is, I found myself thinking of the Scripture passage about becoming like little children.

Do I have faith like that in my heavenly Father? 

Do I truly live like I believe he has all the answers and I can trust him?

 Matthew 18:1-5

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a child, whom he put among them, and said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

We are called to become like little children again.

To yield to the will of our Father and place our lives in His hands.

To follow His leading in simple trust and faith.

To seek to please Him alone and never hold any word in higher esteem than his.

My simple prayer as we enter this next season is that God will be the steering the ship, and that we will not attempt to take that from him.

That we will wait upon him and only move when he moves us.

That we will accomplish the work that He has sent us here to do- all to the praise of His glory.

I see very little of the picture right now.  I know where we are moving, we know where my hubby will be working (PRAISE GOD!), but there are many unanswered questions.

And I feel as though we are on the cusp of a great change.  We can follow through the narrow gate and take a hard road that will call us to sacrifice, or we can continue on in mediocrity- giving God a little but not living in day to day dependence upon him.

I don’t want my way anymore!  I see where my impetuous and foolish schemes lead us.  I can view the gallery of my past mistakes and see the grace of God at work, redeeming and restoring.

But this time, I want to step gingerly, regularly checking in with Him- is this what you want?  Show us your way, lead us in your truth!  Guide us and teach us Lord, we wait to hear from you.

Whatever you may be facing, whatever storm is raging, in the face of all the unanswered questions…will you say in faith with me- “Have thine own way Lord.  Have your way in me.”

Lord- to submit, to bend, to bow- to admit we don’t have all the answers can make us feel helpless.  You know how hard it is for us to release control.  Please help us to yield and submit to your righteous hand.  To trust you and take shelter in the shadow of your wing.  To take your yoke and learn from you, our gentle and humble guide.  Those who trust in you will never be ashamed.  Strengthen us for the work you have called us to do.  May our obedience glorify you and testify to the truth that you are the living God, alive and working and changing hearts today.  Make us little children, full of faith, eagerly waiting on you, simply sitting at your feet.  Through your precious Son our Savior I hope and pray, Amen.

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2 Responses to A Child Again

  1. Eileen says:

    Beautiful encouragement, Rachel. Love this too “God will be the steering the ship, and that we will not attempt to take that from him.” Yes, we get these crazy ideas that we know best and end up completely off course.

    • Rachel says:

      Eileen- So good to be in touch with you, and to hear your heart and love for God through your posts. So thankful we can encourage each other on this journey. God bless you.

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