A child knows her Father’s heart. She is secure and has faith that her Father will only do what’s best for her. That is what being childlike is all about.
I’m in the middle of my morning devotions, like I am most mornings, and my mind is wandering. This time though, it’s not about my to-do list or future concerns. I’ve learned to keep a scratch pad beside me and write those things down because they don’t need my immediate attention. I haven’t even finished my coffee yet so there is no way I’m going to solve the day’s problems right here and now, so those thoughts can wait.
You could categorize what I’m thinking about as a rabbit trail, but over the years, I’ve learned to give myself freedom to explore these new paths because they almost always end with worship. Yes, that’s right. Worship.
PLACID OR PASSIONATE
My Boy is strong-willed. When he was young if he didn’t want to eat it, wear it, or go there, he wouldn’t. Some might say he was stubborn, that’s what I was called a lot, too. But I love his fire. Not usually in that exact moment, but afterward when I had time to cool off because I was also strong-willed, I really appreciate his passion, fire and conviction.
Childlike is commendable in faith and it’s necessary to enter the Kingdom of God. The image that often depicts childlikeness is one that pictures a child looking lovingly up at a parent, or peacefully following behind. I’m not sure how or why this visual of childlikeness is celebrated more than others but it’s never been my experience – not from the stories my parents tell me about myself as a child, or what I experienced with my own Boy.
CHILDLIKE = TRUSTTo me, being childlike is trusting your mom or dad are always going to come for you. They are always going to rescue you, no matter what situation you get yourself into.
Yes, I was disciplined in the “this will hurt me more than it hurts you” way a lot more than my brother. A LOT more. But I never, ever lost faith that my parents would become fed up and leave me to clean up my mess all on my own. (Except that one time when I was under age drinking and threw up all over the car when my dad came to pick me up – that time, I had to clean it up by myself.)
If you grew up in a home where you didn’t have the same security as I had, there’s hope for you. If you grew up in a home similar to mine, there’s even better news. Our heavenly Father is better than the best earthly father.
A child knows his Father’s heart. He is secure and has faith that his Father will only do what’s best for him. That is what being childlike is all about.
It may not be what I started reading this morning but it’s where I wound up. It’s enough to know that today.Perfect love can only be experienced through the Father’s Heart. There’s nothing like the Father’s Heart, which overflows with abundant love for you – simply because you exist. You are designed to receive love and acceptance. Stop searching where you will never find it and come home into his embrace, come home to the Father’s Heart. Father’s Heart worship flags express His loving heart toward you.
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