Like a child
One day, as I was driving along a common road I take almost daily, I waited at a stop light as a mother and her little boy crossed the street along the crosswalk. It was a normal, everyday sort of occurrence.
And as children often do, while holding his mother's hand, the child began to hop, skip, pause, as he looked down at the lines on the street. Anyone who knows what children are like, can guess he likely had turned this unassuming walk into a game, and that there were some set of rules he had made up, that he must have been following, as his mother urged him forward.
I've seen this play out hundreds of times. In my own life, it continues to happen. I will have some sort of mission, set my focus towards it, and my children will inevitably distract me with their stories, demands, and with a, "Hey mom, look at this!"
It is this very awe and wonder of children that makes any perceptive adult take pause. It makes us appreciate the everyday miracles and heart-shaped leaves that scatter the streets. To see the world like a child would, if even every once in a while, is pretty fantastic!
So that day, as I watched the boy and mother - I realized this child was probably the only one at that intersection that lived in the present moment - step by step! Nothing else mattered. Not whence he came, nor where he was going...
But his journey was not aimless; he held his mother's hand, while she would guide him safely to where they needed to go. So with a literal blind trust, he followed her.
And this made me realize how we should be with God. We should live in the moment, make it fun when we can, and make the decisions that are do-able now. But the real clincher is to make sure those decisions have purpose. That’s when we hold on to His guiding hand with trust in His love for us. So that His grace can help us discern and work in us.
So that day, as I took my little walk around my home, I playfully turned it into a game, just for kicks. I laughed out loud to myself when I would mess up, and got pretty into it. The neighbors must have thought I went bonkers. But that’s ok, it was fun, and really helped me visualize what it is I need to do in the other facets of my life, all while sending it up to Him, who created me and loves me. And you.
...but Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
- Matthew 19:14 (http://www.usccb.org/bible/matthew/19)