My daughter and I enjoy running 5-kilometer road races throughout the Midwest. We started running seriously seven years ago, so Kesli was only seven when I took her to her first race. A Google search under the name Kesli (make sure to get the “s” and the ‘l’ in the right spots) Blankenship should turn up quite a list of racing achievements. She is, simply stated, a natural at the sport of running. But this column is not about running. It is about a similarity I discovered on the way to one of the races we annually attend.
We left early on a Saturday morning for a 120-mile drive south, down Indiana Highway-41. About twenty miles into our trip I noticed Kesli had fallen asleep. She has dozed off while in the passenger seat on many occasions. But on this occasion, God had a message for me, and I was going to hear it whether I wanted to or not. No I didn’t hear a booming voice or notice an angel sitting in the back seat of my ZX2 (don’t you dare call it an Escort!). But I did hear a gentle voice telling me to “be as this little child where your faith is concerned.” At first, I didn’t quite get the message God was sending me. But as I continued to ask God to explain, I began to understand the message.
My daughter was asleep and comfortable in the passenger seat because she knew she was riding with her dad, and that there was no way I was going to let anything terrible happen to her. If the car ran out of gas, Dad would find someone to give us a ride to the gas station. If the car broke down, Dad would find a mechanic to fix the car. And if anything else were to go wrong, Kesli was confident her dad would navigate through the storm.
Are we to be any different in our relationship with the Lord? I don’t think so. Children instinctively understand that a good parent is responsible for their well being. They can rest and relax in the company of a loving parent. In Matthew 18:3 (NIV), Jesus says, “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
Through the teachings of the Holy Bible, believers should rest assured that our God is going to guide us, protect us, and comfort us through the worst of storms. Matthew 18:4 (NIV) continues on with Jesus saying, “Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Jesus calls us to have a childlike faith, and when the architect of the universe calls us to do something, I think we better listen. Don’t you?