In Matthew 19 there is a quick little moment that we get to view in the life of Jesus. It says, ‘13 Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them. 14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” 15 When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.’
Yesterday, Joe baptized a young seven year old boy from our church. He shared that in his own life, his faith journey began when he was six years old. He explained that even as a young boy, he had a vibrant and wild faith, where He took Jesus at His word and believed in a powerful and child-like way.
It’s awesome to see little kids come to believe in Jesus. They seem to hear God with a clarity and believe God with a sincerity that challenges us as adults. Here’s an exerpt from a book called ‘Dangerous Wonder’ by Mike Yaconelli that speaks about children hearing God’s voice:
‘There is a deep voice within all of us, a voice. It speaks to us continuously, knocking on the door of our consciousness. When we are children, the voice is very loud (as it was with me), shattering our awareness with overwhelming clarity. Its loudness is not like a train or jet engine. It shouts to us with a whisper. It is like the wind breezing throug a field of daises, scattering their petals across the sky into a flower snowstorm. It is like a thousand flutes echoing in the middle of the forest. This voice of our childhood is the voice of wonder and amazement, the voice of God….. One sad day, we are aware of an absence. We can no longer hear the God-voice, and we are left with only silence – not a quiet silence but a roaring silence.
We did not want to stop hearing God’s voice. Indeed, God kept on speaking. But our lives became louder. The increasing crescendo of our possessions, the ear-piercing noise of busyness, and the soul-smothering volume of endless activity drowned out the still, small voice of God.’ – p14
The following word combinations are Mike Yaconelli’s challenge to us to rediscover child-like faith…..it’s about experiencing….Dangerous Wonder…..Risky Curiosity….Wild Abandon….Daring Playfulness….Wide-eyed Listening….Irresponsible Passion….Happy Terror….Naive Grace….Child-like Faith. May you and I reconnect with that child-like faith today and may we once again hear the whisper of God’s voice!