Eleven years ago the Lord blessed my family with another baby. My poor brother Garrett was sure that this time it would be a boy, but as fate would have it, he is now the proud older brother to 4 girls. Little Britta was born on my birthday, so of course she has always held an extra special place in my heart.
I loved playing with and taking care of Britta. I would spend hours just watching her and holding her. One day, I was helping my dad give her a bath. As he lowered her down into the water, she just looked at him, perfectly calm and relaxed. With his hand under her head, he dipped her all the way down until her tiny ears were just barely above the water. Britta never even flinched. She had complete trust in her daddy.
She had no way of knowing that if Dad had let go of her, she would sink underwater and be unable to breathe.
When she grew a little older, she experienced the scare of slipping in the tub and swallowing a little water. No longer was she calm when dad lowered her down into the water. She would reach her hands out and start to whimper, letting him know that she did not trust him to keep her above the water! But of course, my dad never let go of her. This story is such a clear picture of us and our Heavenly Father, who asks us to have “faith like a child.”
But what exactly does that mean?
Babies are completely dependent on their parents for everything. But do babies ever worry that their parents won’t give them what they need? Do they ever try to feed themselves, or change their own diapers? I’ve certainly never seen that happen!
It’s hard when we grow older to have a childlike faith. We gradually become more independent until we can totally take care of ourselves and no longer rely on our parents. But when that feeling of independence carries over into our spiritual lives, we lose our sense of childlike faith in the Lord.
We are not designed to be spiritually independent. We never were meant to not need God. We will always be His little children and He is our loving Father.
Do you feel like you have a childlike faith in God? Or does your version of “faith” include worrying and trying to figure things out on your own?
Faith is not easy. I know I don’t have faith in everyone. People have let me down and ruined the faith I once had in them. However, because we know the character of our Heavenly Father, that He is good, kind, merciful, gracious, and faithful, we know we can fully trust in Him and His plan for us, His children.
And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” | Matthew 18:3