Monday, November 14, 2005
Child like faith... Simply Complex
A Baby's breath. What a miracle of God. Seeing my child become calm by holding her close to me is extremely fulfilling and enlightening. She becomes peaceful because she is secure in my arms. How often does God try to pick us up and hold us close? How often do we let him?
In reading a book (I think it is Four Pillars of A Mans Heart), there is a story of a small boy who was playing to close to the water. His Father wasn't real close by, but in ear shot working on something. When he heard the splash, he expected it to be his other child of 11 or so, because the small child wasn’t down there even close to the water the last time he had looked. When he saw the older boy who had been playing but was now looking toward the lake, his heart stopped! With only instinct controlling him, He ran as fast as He could and dove under water next to the dock where he heard the splash.
Having to come up for air then back down again, an eternity seems to pass. Being aware of every feeling, of every inch of his body for anything at the bottom or around him that would move. With a guttural scream deep within him that cannot come out, and lungs about to burst he heads for the surface again.
He feels something as he is going up... Feeling only and not seeing in the now stirred up water, he realized his son was holding on to the post of the dock for dear life about five feet under water. He had to pry his little hands from the post and they burst to the top.
After the entire scene was over and they were calmed down, they were going over it all sitting in the kitchen drying off. He asked his son, "What were you doing down there? What were you thinking about holding on to that post?” His sons reply was this, "I was just waiting on you, Daddy."
Child like faith.
He was depending on Dad. His answer showed that he knew who was taking care of him. And just as he was safe in depending on his Daddy, how safe could we be when life is drowning us, if we “would but trust” in our own Father in heaven?
When we are frantic and can’t seem to be calmed, let God pick us up and hold us tight. When we are at the bottom looking up and we do not have the mind to know what to do, look to heaven and say, “I am just waiting on you Daddy…”
(Matthew 18:3) And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
(Matthew 19:14) But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.