…you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to the little ones. Matthew 11:25
Most of us have taken classes, or enrolled in seminars and workshops and we may even have certificates, endorsements and diplomas to prove it. A thirst for knowledge is a beautiful thing, especially if we are thirsting to know more about our Eternal Father and the gift of our faith. However the line in this section of Mathew’s Gospel that reached up and smacked me between the eyes was “you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to the little ones.” Unfortunately “little ones” doesn’t refer to stature; it refers to the innocent trust and love of a child.
When the three little Wohlfert’s were babies and they cried because they were hungry or wet or tired they didn’t evaluate the likelihood of my response, they didn’t ask for credentials before I could feed them or change them, they just knew their daddy or I would be there to comfort and care for them. When was the last time you asked God for something with the same expectation and trust? Thank goodness they didn’t evaluate my readiness or my efficiency in the middle of the night. Thank goodness they didn’t ask to see my “mamma license” and I will be forever grateful they didn’t tally my mothering on a score sheet…they just looked at me with big brown eyes and knew I would give them everything they needed.
We spend way too many hours trying to be smart, wise adults who analyze and criticize and scrutinize everything, but God is calling us to push that aside and think, act, love and trust him like a child. As we approach God’s font of mercy, grace and love with the trust of a little one, he doesn’t disappoint; he blesses us with wisdom and understanding we can’t grab with an analytical adult mind. It’s as if he’s saying, “Come here; leave your books, empty your mind, plunk down at my feet and trust me to teach you something amazing!” Sweet Jesus, please scoop me up in your arms today and help me to love and trust you more. Help me feel the peace and joy of being snuggled like a child by someone who adores me.
A Seed To Plant: What things are going on in your life right now that you can approach with the trust and faith of a “little one” instead of the control and independence of a grown up?
Blessings on your day!