Are you have a tough time with life right now? Maybe you are struggling today just because it’s Monday. I’m sure there are a million different reasons to “hate life” right now. Life is just tough some days.
I was just at a funeral last week for Ginny McGee. She was a wonderful godly women and my sisters mother in law. I sat there crying as her family told beautiful stories about her life. I was thinking about my family and how short life is. Sitting next to me was my sister who was holding my niece’s little girl Mia. Mia had a huge smile on her face as she sat there clueless to the hurt and pain in the room.
She was just happy to be alive and with family. That moment watching her reminded of Matthew 18:2-4 (NIV) :
2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Mia was modeling childlike faith and didn’t even know it. She didn’t question if she was going to be OK in the midst of pain, hurt and suffering. She simply trusted because she was surrounded by love.
The same is true for us.
No matter what is happening in your life, you are surrounded with the love of God. He does not cause the hurt pain and suffering in your life but He will use it to for your good. As I sat there next to Mia, she had a Kleenex in her hand that she was twisting up. I watched her as she smiled and just kept twisting.
Then, at a moment when almost everyone was crying in the room…Mia shoved the Kleenex up her nose and just sat there with a smile on her face. My sister and I couldn’t help but laugh. In a moment our entire mood changed. We were still at the funeral. We were still grieving.
What changed was our focus.
For a moment we took our focus off the pain and hurt and enjoyed the childlike moment.
Trusting in Jesus with childlike faith is little bit like shoving a Kleenex up your nose at a funeral. It doesn’t take away the hurt, pain and loss…but it reminds us that there is always something to smile about because we are surrounded by the love of God in the midst of the pain.
If today is a bad day…just shove a Kleenex up your nose and smile because you are surrounded by love.
Question: How can you live life more like a child?