• Jennifer Hastings

Come to Me

The rain turns from whispering to shouting as the car creeps along the dark stretch of the highway. The wind plays tug- of- war with our Chevrolet and seems to want to pull us over the yellow line. I grip the handle of the passenger door, like holding on will keep us steady, and I wipe my eyes as if that will help Stewart see the road the better. I glance in the backseat; they are all oblivious to the weather. They are just doing what kids do on a trip in the backseat.


There are perfectly peaceful.


Childlike faith...Childlike faith...Childlike faith… there is a verse about this, a verse I don’t think I have ever truly understood.


Luke 18:15

People were also bringing babies to Jesus to have them touch them when the disciples saw this they rebuked them. But Jesus called out to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth anyone who does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.


Children know how to come. They don’t have to be taught; they just do it.


A child falls on the playground, and they immediately seek out a parent and run for a hug. They come.


A toddler finds a grandparent and reaches out a chubby hand knowing their Poppy will help them walk wherever they want to go. They reach out for help.


My own child comes to me in the car after a hard day and spills her guts because she knows her safe place. They share their hearts. They come.


My kids are in the backseat oblivious to danger outside... trusting their Daddy knows the way.


Children are the place to look for trust and faith. They exude it. Experience has taught them not to worry about their next meal or what they will wear because they have confidence in their parents or guardians to provide.


As adults do, we have confidence and trust in our heavenly father? When our life isn’t going the way we dreamed or hope, do we come to him like a child, or do we come as angry justified adults?


You know where I’m going, but I’m going to spell it out anyway. Jesus said we are to be like little children and come to him. To experience the kingdom of God here on Earth, maybe all we need to do is realize we are but mere babies in the eyes of the Lord.


Take a moment and close your eyes. Think about who God is, what he has control over in this world and Heaven.

He is the King of Kings, the creator of the heavens and earth, the one who tells the waves where to stop, the one who gives the tiger his stripes, the one in the driver’s seat, the one who has the plan, the beginning, and the end. When I begin to get even a glimpse of who God is, I suddenly become like the baby in this verse. I see how, in God’s infinite wisdom, I pale in comparison. I am humbled.


Have you ever tried to explain an abstract concept to a child? Like what is a democracy. Or the idea of gravity. Good luck with that. I don’t know about you, but there have been times I have been explaining something to my kids, realizing all I was doing was spouting forth hot air. They aren't quite developmentally ready to understand.


I can’t help but wonder if there are some concepts God knows we can't possibly understand with our finite minds. Our human brains can’t comprehend, and in His loving-kindness to us, he holds back, knowing it would be better for us to trust him and his knowledge of the way things work.


Being on the other end of this with my kids helps me think about how God probably wishes we would trust in his love for us without an explanation.


How do we respond when...

The call from the doctor ends with the doctor speculating an estimate of time.

The promotion goes to someone else.

Your son or daughter gets mixed up with the wrong crowd.

A financial mistake results in the loss of your house.

Your husband decides he doesn’t love you anymore.


What if we are not meant to hold all the answers because we are not God.

Ouch! That statement hurts.


We are taught here on this Earth to have the answers and be in control. We get super uncomfortable when situations come up that are beyond our realm of knowledge. We don’t understand how this could have happened. If you find yourself here in a life circumstance you don’t understand; the temptation may be to get angry at God.


Maybe we are asking the wrong question. Perhaps when those times come, and we are tempted to ask why is this happening, we should ask, Who is in charge?


It comes down to our stance toward God. How do we approach him? With the awe of a child who knows their place in the world giving God the respect and trust of our hearts, or do we question God thinking we have all the answers in our limited time on this earth he created?


As adults, we are patient with our children and understand we hold so much more wisdom and knowledge than they do. In this way, we are a picture of our heavenly Father toward us. We trust the process our kids will grow in their knowledge of the way the world works. And our heavenly Father also trust the process with us, he trust that our faith will grow.


He becomes the first place we go when we fall. We learn to come.



A prayer…

Lord, forgive me for climbing in the driver’s seat when I don’t like where you are driving me. Help me to come to you like a child. Give me a clearer picture of who you are. Help me experience your kingdom here on earth. I accept my humble place and humbly ask you to bless me right where you have placed me. May I give you space to work in my life and accept my place knowing you have got this and you are large and in charge.

Amen

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