“Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3).
I learn so much from my children. They teach me a lot about patience, forgiveness, and how to have fun. They (for the most part) are willing to wait for things, they forgive one another easily and quickly, and they always try to have a good time, even if one of them is not feeling the best. I learned another lesson from my two-year-old little girl the other night that I would like to share with you.
One night, when it was already dark outside, my little two-year-old daughter wanted me to get a toy that she had left in our bedroom. Our bedroom is at the end of a long hallway, so she was standing at one end of the hallway, pointing her little finger and asking me to get her toy that was in our bedroom which was completely dark inside. I looked at her and said that she could go and get the toy herself, and I would turn the light on for her. She looked up at me with those big blue eyes, and in her sweet little voice, these words came out, “No, Mommy, I scared.”
Seeing that she did not want to go alone into what she considered the scary space that was our bedroom, I told my daughter that I would hold her hand, and we would go together into the dark bedroom. I told her that I would show her that everything would be okay, and she could get her toy. She happily grabbed my hand and was willing to go into the bedroom unafraid. She fully trusted that I would protect her from whatever it was that made her afraid to go into the bedroom to get her toy.
As I was walking with my two-year-old down the hallway, hand in hand, I suddenly realized that her readiness to trust me to take care of her and her faith that I would do what is best for her during her time of uncertainty and fear is how we, as Christians, should feel about how our Heavenly Father takes care of us. How many of us, when faced with some challenge, look to our Heavenly Father as a child would look to his or her parent, and put our complete trust in Him to take care of us? How many of us have the amount of faith in our Creator to believe that He will always do what is best for us, so long as we are obedient to Him (James 2:20)? Just as my little girl asked me to help her in her time of need, and then fully trusted that I would give her what she needed and take care of her while doing so, we should feel the same way about God! God loves us and cares for us! (I Peter 5:7). It is through prayer that we can ask God for His Help with whatever we need, and He hears and answers the prayers of His faithful children (I Thessalonians 5:17: James 5:16).
Just as my little girl had peace after she knew that I was helping her along the way, it is only through complete faith in God and obedience to His Word that we can have total peace. “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7). I hope the story that I shared will help to be a reminder of how we have to totally trust in the Lord in order to be the faithful children that He wants us to be! If we are faithful unto the end of our lives here on Earth, He will reward us with eternal life in Heaven! “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14).