Lent #5: Like a child

Grace and peace to you!

It is those serendipitous moments that cannot be taught. A small child, looking at a sunset across the lake, declares: “Look, mama, God is painting the sky.” Parents and grandparents sometimes keep logs of the funny and wise things that their small children say. Art Linkletter, made a living in the late 1950’s with a segment of a TV program entitled something like “children say the darndest things.” We sometimes forget that one of the first people in recorded history to give value to children was Jesus.

“Let the children come to me,” he said, “for to such belongs the Kingdom of God.” This is a profound saying and worthy of much meditation. In Luke 10:21 Jesus says this prayer:
“I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned
and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.”

The little children Jesus is talking about here are his grown up disciples (who are just babes in the faith) and the things hidden refer to both the power and authority of the Holy Spirit working in them to defeat satan, as well as the fact that their names are written in heaven. The disciples were experiencing these truths as they went out to do ministry. They were experiencing and “bringing” the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.

We would do well in this lenten season to consider such wisdom. How might our lives change if we trusted God like a child and exercised the authority He gives us to battle the evil one? How might our demeanor change if we knew without a doubt that our names are written in heaven?

The funny thing about following Jesus is that when we seek after wisdom and try to apply all our knowledge and expertise in following him, we seem to miss the mark. But when we follow and trust like a child, we find the Kingdom.

Maybe something we could give up this week is our “adult” ways and wisdom…and take on the wonder, awe, pleasure and joy of a child discovering God’s beauty and glory and power.

God bless you today!


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