(Mark 10:13-16 ESV)
I have to admit that I KNEW this. That children are just as important to God as adults are, but it just surprised me that this is what my son first heard when I read this passage. The importance of children to God and how equal he is in God's sight to everyone else.
I did push him a bit... I asked him "what does it mean to have faith like a child?" and he had no clue. My lad isn't one who trusts easily... he always wonders if he can manage it better.... or if perhaps an adult might make a mistake (ie.. jumping into a pool... what if the adult misses in catching him.. to give an example from the past). Being let down doesn't set well with him.
My imaginings of "trusting like a child" is being one who doesn't have those fears and worries. So when I read this passage it brings me to despair...at least it used to. I don't know how to trust like that. And Jesus says it plainly here... if you don't come trusting like a child, you can't really come. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it. So how can "I" come?
But my seeking heart continues to follow him.
Just as a child will follow their parents or seek to walk in their steps or nearish to them... so I keep near to the Lord, never really wanting him out of my sight (kinda like my son does with me when we are at strange places). So like a child I trust that he won't leave me or forsake me or have me walk into strange places without him being near. So in some ways, I AM like a child trusting God. And so I can come.
And YOU can too.
Just trust him. Keep him in your sights.