I have a 14-month-old daughter. Unlike my son at that age, she is often content to play on her own. Every day I am afforded opportunities to watch her as she entertains herself with blocks, puzzles, books, and shoes… every shoe within reach. What can I say? She is a (baby) woman, after all.
Yesterday morning, I took a break from the keyboard to check on her. As I watched her play, I started to really observe her actions. It was as if I could hear her thought process as she turned from one task to another.
“… If I pick this up this way, I won’t drop it like I did last time…”
“… The ball rolled under this big chair. How do I get it back?”
“… This time I will lift my leg up as high as I can, and then I can climb onto the love seat … like so. I did it!”
As I watched her, the Holy Spirit brought this Scripture passage to my mind:
Matthew 18:2-4, NIV
2 He called a little child and had him stand among them. 3 And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
I thought about what I had observed in light of these verses, and suddenly I could see past her actions, and into her feelings…
“I am so excited to hold this! Oh no, I dropped it. Let me try again – I know I can figure out a better way.”
“I can see the ball under there, but I can’t reach it. I’ll cry for Mama. I trust her to help me.”
“I know I’ve fallen and slid off this love seat every other time I’ve tried to get up on it… but I just know I can get up there if I try… ONE … MORE … TIME. There! I did it! I’m the queen of the world!”
I realized I was looking at examples of what my attitudes should be if I approach my life and my Lord as a little child. What would my thoughts and emotions look like if I had the enthusiasm, determination, and simple faith of my small daughter?
“I just tried something new. It didn’t work out as I planned, but I’m still excited about it! If I think about it and pray about it, I’m sure I can give it another go.”
“This is a hard situation. I don’t think I can handle it alone. Wait! I don’t have to. Father God, please help me! I trust in You!”
“I have faced this challenge before. I learned some hard lessons… collected some bumps and bruises along the way…. I am going to learn from my past, pick myself up with God’s help, and try ONE MORE TIME.”
What a lesson, right in the middle of my den, taught through a little spunky bundle of toddler energy and love. Yes, Lord, I got it.
Thank You, Father, for showing me how to approach You like a child. May I experience joy, faith, and peace without reservation, as my daughter does so freely. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.
Has God taught you a lesson through the life of a child? What Scripture verses come to your mind as you watch children learn and play? How have you learned to approach God like a child?
Feel free to share in the comments. Have a blessed day!