And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Mathew 18:3-4 NIV
Watching my children evolve and grow, I can totally understand why God would want us to be more like them. There are so many qualities about their mind and spirit that allow for growth and strength. Children are miraculous creations that even in the womb can take on quite a bit of stress and still move on with happy hearts.
What marvels me the most about them is their ability to ask for forgiveness and give it in return. My son and daughter fight and argue with each other as often as they smile and love each other. The funny thing about them is that when one comes to tell about what the other has done to him or her, all I have to do is stop and listen then make the “guilty” party apologize and have them hug each other for everything to be okay. The dispute and crying are over, just like that.
As adults, we have too much pride to allow things to be forgiveness so easily or to ask for it even when we know we are the guilty party. Pride and holding a grudge stops us from moving on whereas children do not quite have an understanding of those things yet. They care about the basics in life and their immediate needs.
I actually wish I could a little bit more like my son and daughter. They have an innate understanding that mommy and daddy will take care of them no matter what. My son will ask me to replay a movie he was watching, and when I tell him I can’t, he does not get it. It does not matter that it was on television. He expects me to bring it back. My daughter expects daddy to make the rain stop when she wants to go out and play. They do not get that those things are beyond our capabilities nor do they care. This is how we should be with God- rely on him for our needs, ask him for what we want, and know that he is able to provide for us.
When my children are hurt they call for mommy, and sometimes all they need is a hug for them to feel better. When they are hungry they come to their parents. When they are mad at mommy, they go to daddy :) and vice versa. Whatever they need, both my children instinctively come to me and they are not concerned with whether or not I have the means to meet their needs, they just expect me too.
As an adult, don’t I know that God has the means? Have I not experienced his love and care countless times in my own life? Has he not been there for me each and every single time I have allowed myself to rely on him and the many times that I have not? The answer to all those questions is yes! Yet, I fail to humble myself and totally trust him. On many occasions, I leave God out of my decisions completely instead of running to him with my problems, wants, needs, and goals. Somehow, I get it in my head that I can do it all by myself.
Personally, I would be heartbroken if my children did not come to one of their parents (more like me :>) when they were in distress. I can only imagine how hurt God feels when we reject him whether though ignorance or sin.