As a child I recall spending my days climbing trees, hopping fences, and rolling down hillsides of daisies at full speed ahead on a hot wheel with a flimsy tire. If we stop for a moment, closing our eyes tightly, we can all look back to a time when we had no worries and no cares. Were we only oblivious to the world around us because of our innocence, or as children, were we just more tuned in to God?
As we grow older and have children of our own, often worries we never knew can come rushing to greet us. And it’s easy to let these worries overtake us and make us feel defeated. Looking back at childhood in search for the antidote to cure all the fears that make you lose your way, one may realize it isn't age that holds you away from worries. It’s the faith you had as a child – knowing that God would always be right beside you. No matter where you went and what you did, as a child you knew God was there and that gave you the strength to go through uncharted territories. Days of worry will continue to exist and try to overtake you, but refuse to be defeated! God is your fortress and you can walk anywhere, knowing wherever God is, there is safety from falling. God is calling us to a greater lifestyle of childlike faith. He is calling us to place our trust in Him alone.
Questions for further thought:
1. What area of your life is not producing the fruit of His goodness, reality, and love for you?
2. Where are you under the stress of living in your own strength?
Challenge: So, the next time you feel yourself caught up in the fear of the world, close your eyes tightly for a moment. Envision that child who walked without looking over his/her shoulder; the person you were before the world took its toll on your spirit. Rest assured that if you stumble, God will never let you fall. Confess your need of God's help and ask Him to help you live with increased faith.
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