Saturday, October 4, 2008

Childlike faith

The Bible talks about having faith like a child, and I never completely understood that until I had my own child. The other day, I got to see the perfect example of childlike faith. Shortly before Evie went to bed a few nights ago, she was upset because a huge bug had scared her. We couldn't find the bug, so she was afraid that it was hiding and was going to come in her room. She finally calmed down, and Jeff read her a story and put her to bed. Jeff and I always pray for protection over Evie, and our family. Psalm 91:11 says that God will give His angels charge over us, to protect us. Jeff and I will pray and ask God to charge the angels to watch over our family. We also pray that no weapon formed against us will prosper (Isaiah 54:17). We have prayed that morning and night since Evie was little, and we have seen God protect us in ways that are supernatural at times. After Jeff read Evie a story, he prayed for her. Evie stopped Jeff in mid prayer and asked him what charging the angels meant. He said that it basically meant they were being given a job to do. Evie pondered that for a minute and asked, "So I can make them clean up my room?" How Jeff kept a straight face at that point is beyond me. I couldn't stop laughing over that one when he told me later. He told her that the angels could not clean up her room. That was her job. He told her that their job was to protect us. She thought about it for a few seconds, and then asked, "You mean, like, against bugs?" He said, "Sure, they could protect us against bugs." Then she rubbed her hands together (like you would after you are happy with a job well done) and said, "Well that's that!" Then she laid down and went to sleep! There were no questions. No asking, "Well, are you sure they will really protect us like the Bible says?" It was a pure and perfect example of childlike faith. She truly believed she was protected. I want that kind of faith! To not question that God answers prayers, to not question that God's Word is true, to not question that God loves and cares for me, to completely put your trust in the Lord knowing that He will take care of you. That is what childlike faith is. It was such a great lesson for me to learn from my precious 6 year old daughter :).


Kelly said...

Awww, what a great story and a great reminder of real faith.
Thanks for sharing that one.

SchnauzerMom said...

Very beautiful and so true. I want childlike faith too.

Jules said...

"And a little child shall lead them." How often do we exhibit such child-like faith? Not often enough. It's wonderful how children can show us things that we've never fully grasped.

What a precious daughter you have. Like her, I sometimes wish angels would clean my room!