When my family and I were preparing to move into our current house, I remember I was in my bed one summer morning of 2011 and shared with my mom my fear about moving. I looked at her and said that I was worried that there wouldn't be any birds (or a least not a lot) at the new house, for listening to the birds sing was one of my favorite things. She looked at me and said, "I'm sure there will be birds at the new house that will sing just like they do here." And my silly, childlike worry was put to rest.
I have been thinking a lot lately about being a child. As I have mentioned in a previous post we are organizing and purging our house right now so I have been going through a lot of old memories. Yesterday, I was going through some papers and found a notebook full of writings I did as a kid. I found pages full of short stories I had written and even one of a dream I had.
I also found these worship songs that I had written when I was younger and prayers I had written to God. And when I read them it just reminded me of childlike faith. When I was a kid, I was so sure and so at peace that God was taking care of me and loved me. There was never a doubt in my mind. But just like for everyone, life happens and we get hurt and we hurt others and so the things that we used to be so sure of, we start to doubt.
So as I have been thinking this over, I have been praying and thinking about how to have more childlike faith. In Matthew 18, Jesus talks about this very thing. Here in verses 3 and 4, this is what it says.
I looked into the meaning of the Greek words used in these verses and found some good stuff.
Strephó: To turn, to change, to go the other way.
Then in verse 4, it says to take the lowly position of this child. In some translations, it says to become like a child. The Greek word used here is tapeinoó. Tapeinoó means to make low, to humble.
Tapeinoó: To make low, to humble.
In the Helps Word Studies it says this:
Isn't that amazing? We become like children when we fully depend on God, not relying on ourselves at all. I love how it says that 'this exalts the Lord as our all-in-all and prompts the gift of His fullness in us'. Prompt means to cause or bring about an action or feeling. Relying on God completely prompts the gift of His fullness. We come to know that He is all we need.
So when I think about young Elise, I see that childlike faith. I see her relying on God completely, knowing the fullness of God.
Lord, may I go back to that more and more. May I completely rid myself of my ego, thinking I can do it on my own, and exalt You as my all-in-all. You are all I need.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, my mom was right. The birds sing at this house too.