After a couple of weeks away from writing about my study, God really put this on my heart to write for week 5! I Hope this brings some light into your own walk with God like it did for me!
“Like The Little Children”
“One day some parents brought their little children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But when the disciples saw this, they scolded the parents for bothering him. Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”
It is early morning and I hear the gentle stirring of my almost 2 month old son. I think to myself, “ugh, time to feed this little guy again, I just need another hour of sleep…” I listen for another minute and realize he is not going back to sleep. I rouse myself, gather my phone and breastfeeding timer and head into his room. There I find my little guy restlessly trying to break out of his swaddle and looking all around. I walk over to his crib, he looks up at me and smiles with wonder. I undo his swaddle and let him stretch. While stretching, he looks around, smiling and making gentle cooing sounds as if to say, “I am so happy to be up! Come on mom, look at all of these cool sights!” I pick him up gently kiss him and make my way to the rocker to feed him. While feeding my hungry little warrior, I watch him taking in all the surroundings. The sights, smells, tastes, and especially sounds. I think to myself, “when was the last time I did this? When was the last time I looked at my surroundings like my son does and when was the last time I came to God as a child does?” These questions swirl my mind as I look at him and watch as he takes in the world around him.
In Luke 18: 15-17 the Bible tells us of when parents of children make their way to see Jesus so that their children can be blessed by Him. The reaction of the disciples are that of annoyance and they scold the parents for their actions towards Jesus. Jesus quickly calls for the children and embraces them as I am sure the children embrace Him back. Jesus goes on to say that anyone who comes to Him like a child, belongs to the Kingdom of God.
This makes me think about how my adult self is much like the disciples. In a sense, I allow exhaustion, tasks, and other adult things to get in the way of just being child-like in life. God clearly states in His Word that we are to be child-like in our faith and in our relationship with Him. I ask myself, how do I become child-like again? In order to find the answer, I go to the one place to find my answers, prayer with Papa God. My answer to my question was easier than I thought. Once again Papa God shows me that following Him is simple. This is what he placed on my heart.
First thing He placed on my heart was in order to become more child-like again I need to give Him my first every day. What I mean is, I need to come to Papa God everyday first thing, only then will my mind be refreshed, renewed, and ready for the day.
The second thing He placed on my heart was pay attention! Ok, when I first felt these words on my heart, I have to admit I had questions, but seeking Him more I realized Papa God meant that I need to pay attention to how I talk to Him. I sometimes have this idea that I need to come to God with big religious words or big ideas as if I need to be this brilliant prayer warrior! Yes, let me, a child of God, go to the God of the Universe with “My big words and Ideas.” I laugh now that I say it out loud as I type. Keep my prayers simple as if I am talking to a friend. God wants a relationship and He wants to be in constant fellowship with me!
Lastly, God put on my heart that I need to STOP! Say what God? Yes, I heard it correctly. I need to STOP and take in life, the beautiful life that God has given me. The biggest thing about being child-like is to take in everything about life as if you are seeing it for the first time. I need to do this more. I need to stop thinking about the tasks that I put on myself daily and breathe in the moments He gives me. I need to just breathe God in and look at Him in awe for who HE is. God is all around us.
As I finish up feeding my precious little warrior, I give him a kiss and thank him for reminding me that in this very precious moment, in the early hours of the morning, I can sit, child-like with God. Papa is here in this moment wrapping His arms around me like He does with His little children.