Wednesday, October 10, 2012

God through the Eyes of a Child

“People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children 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. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’” Luke 18:14-18, NIV)

Nothing warms my heart more than, hearing my sweet child talk about God. I love that God brings the precious hearts of our children into our lives and uses them to speak truth into our lives. We are suppose to be guiding them and teaching them but how often do we look into their eyes and see the very heart of God. Grace is always telling that "God will help us" with this and that. Yes, sometimes it is silly things, but then there are moments of clarity when I have said something in a dejected voice, under my breath, about how I am too tired to do something, and a little voice pops up from the backseat that says, “Mommy, God will help you.” In those moments, my voice catches in my throat, and I can only murmur, “Yes, baby, you are so right” while pausing in amazement at her simple faith.

How often have we longed to go back to those days when our life was uncomplicated with work, bills, house payments, heavy decisions, and pain, both physical and mental, weighing down our lives. Yet, when we really stop to think about it, would we really want to go back and unlive all of our experiences, the ones God has used to mold us into the person He intends us to be, so He can use us for His glory. I am so thankful for the child-like faith of my precious Grace, but I also get down on my knees in gratitude to my Father for bringing me on my own personal journey through joy and sorrow because without those experiences, I would be missing out on my understanding of His character and my relationship with Him wouldn't be where it is today. Think about those who are your dearest friends. . . aren't they the ones who have walked the path of shame, despair, joy and love with you?

“In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!  Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” (Hebrews 5:12-14, NIV)

I don’t want to stay on milk, I want solid food and I want that for Grace as well! I am so thankful for the trials and tribulations of life because He has shown Himself to be God, my father and my King!

“When you pass through the waters,
    I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. . . “(Isaiah 43:2-3a)

“Though the fig tree should not blossom
And there be no fruit on the vines,
Though the yield of the olive should fail
And the fields produce no food,
Though the flock should be cut off from the fold
And there be no cattle in the stalls,
Yet I will exult in the Lord,
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.
The Lord God is my strength,
And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet,
And makes me walk on my high places.” (Habakkuk 3:17-19, NASB)

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