The word of God says, “And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.” Mark 10:13-16.
The thought of Jesus taking the children in his arms and blessing them is but a beautiful imagination. To be blessed of God is what we all desire as his children. As we live in communion with him, we see how we are kept, comforted, and made whole by him. We should always give thanks because he goes before us as well as besets us. There is nowhere that our feet tread that will leave us alone, without the Lord, Jesus Christ.
“And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8. I often say I thank God for Jesus because without him, there will be no hope.
Sometimes circumstances and people have a way of filling our eyes full of the tangible things. We focus on things being said that alarm us, choices others make that affect us directly and things we have no control over. We find ourselves caught up in some fashion. But if we could just find an opening to steal away and rest in the arms of the Lord and have childlike faith, we would be transformed.
One day, as I sat in the park and watched a red bird fly by, I was reminded of days in my youth when I would blow kisses at the red bird. I would kiss my hand, then blow it toward the red bird. It was said that the red bird was good luck. And whenever I would see a red bird, I would make wishes and blow kisses until the red bird was no longer in sight. I believed my wishes were going to come true. The bird symbolized hope and my dreams coming to pass.
As I sat in the car that day, I smiled as the red bird disappeared into the trees because I now know how trivial my pursuits were. I could clearly remember how strongly I believed and did not doubt. That is childlike faith. Now I hope in faith.
The word of God says, “And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” Mark 11:22-24.
May we learn from the little children and practice childlike faith remember as well our own youthful pursuits and how we believed and did not doubt. I am encouraged by Mark 11:22-24 because it says to believe in your heart. The mind often wanders. Let us not confuse thoughts that need to be cast down or renewed with what isn’t in your heart.
We may believe in our hearts, but have to renew our minds to line up. We begin to walk in these precepts by the word of faith. “That if thou shalt confess with thou mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Romans 10:9. This is the rhythm of the gospel character and the sound of the word of God exemplified in your life.
Pamela Young is a native of Goldsboro, a 1990 graduate of Goldsboro High School and author of two books. Share your thoughts with Pamela at firstname.lastname@example.org.