Childlike Innocence & Our Relationship With God

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in Children | 20 comments

baby girl 3

 

“At that time Jesus said, ‘I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your gracious will.”

Matthew 11:25-26

We were all young children before we became ‘wise and learned’ adults. According to scripture we must return to childlike innocence in order to reclaim the secrets God has for us. Today I’m challenged to self evaluate and look to children for keys to divine understanding and relationship with my Heavenly Father.

Young children typically:

  • assume the characteristics of their parents.
  • remain in the moment spending little time worrying about and preparing for tomorrow.
  • are quick to forgive and don’t readily hold grudges.
  • rely on their parents as their only option for comfort in a crisis.
  • find enjoyment and wonder in simple things.
  • easily demonstrate love without conditions or bias.
  • believe what their parent tells them without suspicion or scrutiny.
  • live with enthusiastic expectation – and believe.
  • don’t have to work to learn the language of their parents, they simply do it by spending time with them.

 

Pondering these sobering and comforting words today ~

“And he said: ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3

 

 

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20 Comments

  1. I’m with you, Pat. The life lessons, big and small, that I learn from my grandchildren have really hit home right and left. And it’s been fun in the process. I don’t know that I learned all that much when my own girls were little. Too immature? Too busy?

    Oh well. This next generation is taking care of teaching me well. I’ve never had more fun!

    Weekend joys, my friend …

    • I still wrestle with being “too immature” and “too busy” – I’m VERY grateful for the little and big teachers in my life too. Thank you for reading and for commenting Linda. You’re a gift to me.

      Weekend joys to you too!

  2. Hi Pat! I love this list you have compiled on what it is to be a child. I really do need to be more like that. Especially the first one. I think we all want to be more like our Father. (That image is precious too!) I hope that today I’ll find great joy in small things, the things that God left there to make me smile.. Just thinking about that makes me smile 🙂

    Blessings,
    Ceil

    • I like the first one too, but especially love the fact children don’t have to work at taking on their parent’s attributes. We are born with many of their attributes and then of course we acquire more by just being with them (Him).

      Isn’t the image incredible! If you hit the picture it will take you to the photographer’s facebook page. Amy is our daughter-in-law’s sister.

      Thanks for your gift of friendship, Ceil. You always make me smile too.

  3. I love this!! Isn’t it crazy to think every human being used to be soft-hearted and innocent at one time? It’s sad to see our own hardheartedness. I love how easily children laugh and how quickly they move past a bad mood. I could use more of that!! Thanks for this blog post today, Pat.

    • Yes it is crazy to think every face we pass on the street was once an innocent baby – a soft and pliable child. I know when my heart is crusting over – peace is traded for restlessness and grace becomes critical and cynical. Those cranky bad moods need a visit back to innocent childhood and my Heavenly Father often.

  4. Pat, I am so in love with this photo! My compliments to the photographer… and to you also:))

    • I know, me too Leah. Like her facebook page, Amy J Photography, and tell her so. BTW – a friend recently asked me when you’re doing another guest blog post. Let us know.

  5. True, our faith is all about relationship.

    • True, and our relationship is all about faith :))

  6. Thanks for this sweet reminder of how I should respond to God’s fathering & for visiting me at Doorkeeper. Blessings!

    • You’re quite welcome. I enjoyed your thought provoking analysis on names. I’m pretty sure my name doesn’t translate to anything close to the powerful word yours does – but I bet my new one does! Hope to read more from you, Renee.

  7. Wow, the characteristics of being a child the way you worded them really spoke to my heart. I really want to be God’s child in those ways.

    • Me too Elizabeth – trusting, star-struck, dependent, expectant, close, imprinted… basically, fully His. Right?

  8. Bless God I still have little examples to learn from in my home. A daily witness on how to do this thing called faith walking. And you’re spot on with every point. Lord let us love and trust you like a child.

    • Amen Lisha, lead us Lord – to a deeper trust and soaring love. Appreciate you.

  9. Beautifully written, Pat! A wonderful list of things we should aspire to do and be with our heavenly Father. Have a blessed week!

    • Your comment means a lot to me June, especially today. Thank you for taking time to write – my week is blessed already because of you. Truly.

  10. Remaining in the moment! How wonderful is that! Life is short at best, and we need to spend moments with the One we will spend eternity with. How different life, not to mention eternity would be, if we would not stress over tomorrow and just enjoy Him today. I love the item on your list that says, “children learn the language of their parents just by spending time with them.” How true this is! Reading your post this morning makes me yearn to spend time with my heavenly Father that I might hear His voice that gives direction, healing and comfort! Enjoyed your post once again Pat.

    • I love your heart and appreciate your friendship, Jeannie. I pray you hear his voice and receive the direction, healing and comfort you seek today.

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