One summer afternoon, I received two notices: the gas was going to get turned off and the bank was going to foreclose on our home. I did what most responsible adults would do—I worried. How can I fix this? I pondered. Who can I call to help me? It’s amazing how easily we can tell others no to worry until we are the ones who have to pack our bags and sit on the curb. Panic started to trickle in. My daughter, who was about seven years old, was concentrating on a double-dutch game. I had promised to show her how to turn while she was jumping rope. She came in from playing outside and said, “Come on, Mom; I thought you were going to show me.”
My first reaction was “Not now.” But then I realized that life goes on and there was nothing I was going to do in the ten to fifteen minutes it would take to show her that would mean a hill of beans in the outcome of the situation. In fact, I probably would have just sat and worried some more. So she and I went outside, played Double Dutch, and had a great time. Both of us got really involved in the game, and I was able to relieve the emotional stress of the looming crisis. We all have to “let go” when we need to. My husband always says, “When there’s nothing you can do…there’s just nothing you can do.” As adults, our lives can be filled with stressful circumstances, but I learned that day that having the heart of a child helps us relieve that stress.
Having the heart of a child, even in adult situations, is what the Bible encourages us to do.
Matthew 18:3 (KVJ) says, “ …Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.”
Children are more trusting than adults and adjust to their circumstances more easily. As we grow older, we learn that everything may not turn out the way we’d like. Our problems seem larger and the consequences greater. What was once a natural reaction—adjusting—has now become a chore. So as adults, we lose our sense of safety and have to relearn how to find the silver lining in the clouds, smile when things are going badly, and trust that we will survive whatever happens to us. Seem impossible? Seem unrealistic?
As I go through life, I realize God enables us to accomplish the same impossible feats over and over again when we overcome our fears and stretch out on faith. I hope the stories I share with you will encourage you to trust God with your life. And even though you will make mistakes because that is part of the journey of life, I hope the lessons I’ve learned will teach you not to make the same mistakes that took me so long to realize I had made.