Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Faith of a Child

"Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

-Luke 18:17-NIV

So...you're supposed to believe like a child, in order to receive the kingdom of heaven.  I get it.  I've always gotten it, and it was no big deal to try and understand for me, so I've always read it and move on.

But now grandpa's sick.  And my son loves him like no other.  So, we're making trips to the hospital, which is an hour each way, and all we can do is wish it was closer so we could visit more (life and work get in the way when you have to drive so far just to even get there).  But my son...he's not worried about life, or work.  He's just worried about what to pack in a bag to show grandpa.  He knows whatever it is grandpa will laugh, because grandpa always laughs.  He doesn't take into account that grandpa is sick, and he doesn't worry when he prays for grandpa to get better.


Last night we said a little thank-you prayer to God for all of the wonderful things we have to be thankful for, and my son said, "If grandpa doesn't get better, thank you for taking him to heaven."  In watching so many people struggle with faith these past couple of weeks, and question this or that, or meet opposing opinions with scorn and/or contempt, it was so refreshing to witness the straightforward and unwaivering faith of a child.

And so again, to quote scripture: 

"Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
-Luke 18:17-NIV

Now I get it.  In fact, I really, really get it.  Thanking God for the little ones...
In the hospital with his carefully packed bag of goodies designed to make grandpa laugh (they worked like a charm, rewarding them both, and us too because we got to see it).
 



17 comments:

Theresa said...

What a lovely post. It's nice that your son "gets it" as such a young age. He is definitely an old soul and possesses a lot of wisdom for being so young!

Aliy Hurd said...

children are so wise. we need to pay more attention to them and they will teach us how to truly return to our fathers presence

ReinaBorinquena said...

So beautiful. My children have always blown me away with their rock solid faith. My daughter is the bonfire while my son is the campfire. They inspire me in different ways and can usually make me see something in a way I never considered. My son especially, is into God on such a deep level it's amazing. On one occasion while I was in the prayer room, I told my son to get out his journal, pen and Bible. I instructed him to be still and ask God where in the Bible he wanted him to pray-read. An hour later, he tells me he sensed God wanted him in Psalm 91:1-8. Yep. I was floored.

Liz said...

What a beautiful moment! Such a powerful comment from such a wee one!

Columba Lisa Smith said...

Wow, this is a wonderful post. I love how your son's faith doesn't waver even while he recognizes that his dear grandpa might not recover. He trust God no matter what. You have done a great job sharing God's truth with him!

Anonymous said...

Such a sweetheart and his prayer has touched my heart,I'll be praying too,and if Grandpa can't get better,he will go see Jesus.

Thank you for visiting LoblollyLane and your sweet comment...I can relate..run Bambi...I feel just like you.

Judy Haughton-James said...

Awesome! Your son could not have said it better. He sure is smart and has an important message for us adults. My prayers and thoughts are with grandpa and you and your family. Take care.

Laurie Collett said...

Praise God for childlike faith! May we all follow your son's example. Praying for your family.

Thanks so much for visiting and commenting on Saved by Grace!
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Love in Him,
Laurie Collett

Family Travels on a Budget said...

Amen.

Susan said...

This is the sweetest post I've read today. To live like a child and believe like a child...is the biggest blessing.

melody-mae said...

And train up a child....to have that Faith what gift that is, may we all be like your son!

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ReviewsSheROTE Pamela R said...

you've done good--got a great boy there =)

Carla Karam said...

Oh Rosey! Out of the mouths of babes! Why do we complicate things so much? Funny how simple life can be, huh? Great job on that little prince of yours. <3 Grace, peace and blessings. Carla... Grandpa is in our prayers.

Kenya G. Johnson said...

Awwww, swallowing past the lump in my throat. So sweet.

Claire said...

What a wonderful little boy. I bet his grandpa get joy from him partly because he is not worried about his grandpa being sick, but just about having time with his grandpa.

Katherines Corner said...

love this so much.Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. Your participation helps make it a success.I'm sorry I am slow to visit I am fighting a nasty head cold and my time on the computer has been limited.Wishing you a beautiful day .xo