I was watching Sophia yesterday playing with her BawBaw. They have this game where he throws her into the air and catches her on her way down. When he grew tired of playing that (she never tires of it) they moved on to "climbing" trees...him holding her up high to grab a branch and letting go just enough to give her the sensation of holding on. She plays similar games with her daddy. I look on with heart thudding. She laughs and squeals. She has so much trust that they will always catch her.
I bathed Lillian this morning, and she fell asleep in my arms with feet still dangling in the water. Not a worry in her head about getting cold or falling in. She had complete peace about her, and she knew that she was safe and that I would keep her warm.
Then, tonight Levi came to me full of sadness. He laid it all out in front of me with complete trust that I would know what to do about it. Trust that just speaking it all to me would somehow help.
And, now I sit here thinking about all of this trust in me....me, who fails daily (maybe even minutely). Me, who never has it all together. I pray that God uses me, shortcomings and all, to point these children in His direction and to show them who they should really put all of that trust in. And, I pray that I lead by example. That I trust in Him with a trust like theirs. That I might be able to feel the thrill of the fall knowing that His hands are always beneath me ready to catch. That I might rest so easily in His arms with His peace in my heart. And, that I might always turn to him to lay my burdens down.
I was reminded so much today and yesterday of God's call for us to be like little children.
One day some parents brought their little children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But when the disciples saw this, they scolded the parents for bothering him.
Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, "Let the children come to me. Don't stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn't receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it."