Sometimes – out of nowhere – a little child says what we, as adults, feel deep down inside but cannot find the words to say. As adults, we are amazed at the depth of insight in their words. The wisdom in their words is often so profound in simplicity that we are not only humbled by they say, we wonder why we did not think of it ourselves.
Perhaps, in our “grown-up” lives, we need to listen more closely to the wisdom of these little ones who are ours for so short a time. Perhaps, we need to nourish the inborn wisdom in ourselves that speaks of faith and trust – lest it die with age – that we may grow more childlike in our faith. Too often, we tend to “outgrow” faith, as if it were a piece of clothing. We become “too big” for a child’s faith, until a child reminds us of what faith really is, and we are made small again. Being small, we have to look up, and looking up, we see God.
Seeing God with “little eyes,” our child-like faith is born again. We are awakened from dormant faith to a new realization of all that God is and can be in our lives.
Nothing touches a heart in quite the same way that a little child does, when the child is talking with God. It is not what the child says to God that stirs the deep depths of our souls. It is the unquestioned trust with which the child speaks to God that moves us. The child knows that God is listening to what he has to say, and he is happy and eager to “Thank You, God” for everyone and everything.
Echoing from the past, the words that Stephanie, the eldest of my three daughters, prayed to God still cause my soul to leap and speak that prayer with her: “Thank You, God, for loving us and for caring what happens to us.” I am humbled by her words, and I add my prayer to her prayer: “Father, may she always feel that way.”
Today, Stephanie’s two-year old, who signed, “I love Jesus,” before she could talk, gathers with our family at mealtime, spreads her arms to join hands with those on either side of her for the blessing. With a huge smile on her face, she announces to all of us, “Pray.”
With purity of heart and perfect trust, children do not hesitate to speak from their hearts. They say what they think and what they feel. During one of our quiet times together, when Stephanie was three years old, she made the statement, “God put me all together so I wouldn’t fall apart.” What powerful words from out of the mouth of a child! They say so much! For me, they encompass all that God has done, is doing, and shall do in my life and in the lives of all who seek to walk with Him.
When God reaches down to become a part of our lives, He “puts us together so we won’t fall apart.” If we let Him, He will keep us “together” in whatever situation or circumstance we find ourselves. When we allow Him to keep us together, life becomes, for us, too big to be little! If our faith is deep and wide – and as “big” as that of a little child – we can say without hesitation, “God loves us! God cares about us! In Him are all the reasons and answers that we will ever need!”