Faith Like a Child

“This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. Romans 8:15 The Message

We are getting ready to take a trip with our two grandsons. This will be the first time the boys have spent 10 days without mom or dad, but as they keep reminding me they are 7, big boys, and “we can handle it.” There is an air of expectancy and excitement surrounding this trip, the possibility of a great adventure.

I’m trying not to get attached to results from this excursion. I know I would like them to have a great time and have wonderful memories of time spent with grandma and grandpa, but it’s not really about us and I know that. We know where we are headed, but are pretty much going to go with the flow when it comes to how we will spend our days. My prayer for them is that they see the possibility for goodness and joy in each new day, with time to reflect on how God has blessed us as a family and how we are all part of a much bigger human family. How we have a best friend in Jesus, who wants to share every minute of our day. I just hope they will continue to be the inquisitive boys they always are. Welcoming new people into their lives and sharing new experiences. They instinctively feel love around them. Child like trust and faith, I know Mark and I can learn a lot from them but, it might be hard for us to keep up.

Adults know human love is not always consistent. No matter how carefully we plan there are no guarantees life circumstances will not throw us some curves. Our world today is too complicated. A little more of God a little less of me is a message all of us have been hearing lately. A pretty important one don’t you think? My Abba, God wants me to have a little faith, to trust and see him as He is, a Love that is a sure thing every morning.

We can expect most anything on trips and journeys but, we never travel alone.

“Faith never knows where it is being led, But it knows and loves the One who is leading.” Oswald Chambers

Father, It’s difficult for us to understand a love like yours and hard for us to receive sometimes. We’re so grateful you long to draw us near.  Amen

Lois Autterson

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