As a Christian author and speaker, married to a great guy, and we have a miracle daughter, life is good, but one thing hangs on the hinges of my mind...WHERE'S MY PICKET FENCE? Come join me, post by post, while I discover the Carpenter's picket fence.
While having coffee with a friend one morning, she told me some
things about her cute little grand-daughter.
One thing… her grand-daughter likes to dance around and just
We started talking about how free kids are and how Jesus
tells us to come to Him with the faith of a child.
I mentioned how one afternoon I came downstairs to the sound
of my daughter’s squeals of delight. She had stepped outside on the patio and
was jumping on her trampoline. It had started to rain and she was delighting in
the feel of the raindrops on her face.
I hoped she never stops delighting in the feel of the rain
against her face or dancing in a puddle.
It can be harder and harder to just enjoy simple moments
with the pressures and responsibilities of life. It can be harder and harder to
trust when things in life slip you a curve.
How do you keep a childlike faith after watching a dream
you’ve prayed about for years slip from your hands?
Or someone you love slip from life?
Or when a certain bad situation, whether it is health,
finances, relational or whatever,keeps
happening again and again?
There’s one thing my daughter does and I’ve noticed lots of
other kids do to. She will bring me something to fix and then as I’m fixing it,
she try to take it back to do it herself. Or she will follow me around, even
though I’ve said I’ll have it done in just a minute, and ask me over and over
again about the same issue, instead of waiting for me to finish what I’m doing.
Even though I will admit I’m pretty good at acting just like
that, I don’t think that is what childlike faith is supposed to look like.
There is something I’ve noticed too about my daughter. When
something is going on in her life, or she has a question, or a need, she comes
running right to me or her dad. She has faith that we will protect her, provide
for her, and love her. Now, have we always come through in the way she wanted
us too? Uh…that is a definite NO!
But yet, she continues to trust us and come to us. She
continues to open her eyes every morning with a love for her parents. She daily
wants to spend time with us and talk with us.
That I think is the key.
No matter what is going on in life, we push it all aside and
believe. Believe in who GOD really is, not the circumstances that surround us. The
more we learn about God’s character through His word, and how He loves us so
much,the morewe will want to draw near
to Him like a child to their parent.
One of my husband’s friend’s past away this week after
battling cancer for twenty years. The one thing his wife told me about his life
that stands out in my mind is he never lost faith. Cancer kept coming back and
attacking his body, but he never lost faith in God.
This man knew. He knew God and didn’t let circumstances try
to tell Him who God was. Instead, he believed in the true character of God and
how much He loved him.
Childlike faith, I don’t think is a sign of immaturity, but
rather a sign of maturity.
When you come up against a mountain that you have to climb…go
to Him, take His hand, and start walking. Your Heavenly Father is always with
you no matter what. In the midst of the storms, He is there. In the pain of the
moments, He is there. In the middle of chaos, He is there.