Friday, February 26, 2016

3 things we can learn from 2-year-olds

The older I get, the more like a kid I become.

One time I was facing a pretty hard, really confusing time when I was all stressed about the next step to take in life. At some point during the ugh-heavy-tense feelings, Holy Spirit put a pretty picture in my imagination that pushed all the 
ugh-heavy-tense right on out.

 The picture was like this; 

I was small, Jesus was big.
We were dancing (a fun, relaxed, smooth, joyful dance).
I was standing up on His feet.
I didn't have to try to figure out the next move or where He was heading on the dance floor.
All that was required of me was to stand there on His feet, real close to Him, holding on to Him.
We were looking at each other. 
We were smiling.
All was right.

God likes it when we're like kids.

In fact, Jesus Himself said that unless we become like kids, we won't get into Heaven.
(Matthew 18:3)

Here are 3 things we can learn from a 2-year-old: 

1. they don't try to have it all figured out
They're not trying to impress anyone with their well-developed life goals. In fact, I'd say your typical 2-year-old doesn't try to have anything figured out except who they can get love from. 
All we have to do is let God hold us close, trusting that He has it all figured out (because He does). He sure loves when we trust Him. And He sure is trustworthy. 

2. they're unashamed
They haven't learned that there's anything about them they should be ashamed of. They get taught that a few years later. My 2-year-old niece (the beauty pictured above) loves everything about herself, apologizes for none of her weaknesses or "flaws," and assumes the world is happy to have her in it. She's not pretending to be someone other than who she is. God died to banish shame.  

3. they just love being loved
My niece delights in being delighted in. When we praise her, squeeze her, chase her, adore her; she soaks it up, only wanting more. God wants us to delight in His delight for us. He made us to crave attention so we'd be satisfied that He is always paying attention to us. He wants us to love being loved by Him.    

The further into life we trod, the more childish God wants us to become; a bunch of adults running around, unashamed, laughing with delight at how loved they are, content with the way their days are going, letting their Maker hold them close. 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart. 
-Proverbs 3:5