I was an easily trusting kid growing up. Anything anyone told me I would believe and take for truth, it also meant I was gullible to a fault. Having two older brothers surely didn’t help this fact.
In fact, when I was maybe 6 years old I loved playing at my church playground after church every single time after the morning service. Usually I would chase after my older brothers and race them to the lot. My trust was tested in these moments until I trusted my brothers so much that when they told me to pee off the church playground I did it! In front of the entire church body…and we still go to the church…and people still remember the more intimate parts of that moment.
Quite possibly my most proudest and most embarrassing moment in my life. Thankfully my relationship with A&M Church of Christ is still intact, as well as my relationship with my brothers… until they make me do something stupid like that again..
But I’m reminded of these moments when I think about trust or even when thinking about what it means to become like a child.
“And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”Matthew 18:2-4, ESV
To turn and become like children.
Now— I’m sure that does not mean if someone asks you to pee off the church playground you should do it! Even if there’s money involved… that would play into what Paul would describe as “childish ways.”
But there is some truth to having trust like a child. To trust wholeheartedly that the Lord is good and the path is His. Becoming like children seems foreign, especially today when every moment we have to carefully think about who we come in contact with or whether or not it would be worth it to leave the house. So— what does it mean to trust like a child? Or become so lenient on the presence of God?
I watched a video this weekend, courtesy of Beltway Park Church. I believe it articulates this trust fairly well.
The love of God is relentless and there. I pray that we may all learn to trust what it means to become like children and wholeheartedly place our faith in Him. Help my unbelief. I want to trust You more.