During my entire childhood, I longed to look like, act like, and be an adult. Finally, my chronological age supports that I am. I have a husband, two children, a wonderful career….I guess I have finally arrived. Now, I can work on having an adult relationship with God, Right?
However, in one day, I found out that being an adult in the kingdom of God was not all that desirable. I had the pleasure of joining a group of godly women for a Christian conference. The women surrounding me were all women I respect in their personal and spiritual lives. From my vantage point all these women were so far above me in spiritual maturity.
But much to my surprise, the day was filled with talking and laughter – almost childlike. That night, inspired by my day’s experiences, I began reading a book written by one of the conference speakers, Priscilla Shirer. In her book, He Speaks to Me, Preparing to Hear from God, she opens chapter one with a title that caught me off guard: “A Childlike Simplicity.”
I had been seeking a sophisticated relationship with God, and, yet, He was telling me to follow my heart and receive His love like a child. After all, I am a child…a Child of God. Now that I’m an adult, I’m putting my focus on how I can serve my Father with childlike faith and obedience.
“At that time Jesus said, ‘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.’”
– Matthew 11:25 (NIV)
“Lord, help me today put aside my human age and become Your child once again. Jesus said that You revealed things to little children and I want to see! Help me to see Your will through a child’s perspective as I struggle with…”