My son wasn’t feeling well after school that day. He sent me a text message asking to be picked up as soon as the 3:10 pm bell rang. I knew he had basketball practice but I also knew he had been sniffling and coughing that morning. I figured he felt pretty lousy if he wanted to skip practice so I responded I would be there right away.
A few minutes later I received another text from him. It was a simple text with one word yet 92 letters.
“Mommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmmmmm!”
I assumed it was a pitiful expression of how bad he felt so I called him. I wanted to reassure him that I’d received the Code Red Call for Help, seen the mom signal in the sky and that assistance in the form of Super Mom was on the way.
When he answered, I explained I would be there very soon to take care of him and help him feel better. To my surprise, he didn’t sound like the tired, stuffy little boy I expected. When he stopped laughing, I asked why he sent me such a text message. His reply? He wanted to see if he could send a message with 1,500 letters but got tired and just sent that.
To an 11 year old boy, I assume that made perfect sense, but I was simply annoyed. Then I thought about how I come to God with my random urgent requests complete with detailed graphs and charts to support my need. Sometimes I feel the need to present my prayer requests in a five page essay in MLA format with appendix and bibliography. Yet, the Word says we need to be like little children. Now I don’t think God had a text message with one word and 92 letters in mind when He said that. But we are to humble ourselves, present our requests to the Lord and trust Him to provide for us. My son trusted that his simple text message would get my attention and I’d know he needed me. Granted he was being silly that time, but you get my point.
During his ministry, Jesus spent time with children and stopped His disciples when they rebuked the people for bringing their babies to be blessed.
People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
Luke 18:15-17 (NIV)
In Matthew 18, Jesus also instructs us to change and become like children or we will never enter the kingdom of heaven. He reminds us to be humble like a child so we can be the greatest in heaven. (Matthew 18:2-4) There’s a peace in knowing we are called to be children of God and that our Father will guide our steps and show us the way. In fact, Matthew 11:26 states it is His “good pleasure” to reveal His goodness to us. When we call upon the Lord as His children we can know He will meet our needs. We only need to humble ourselves and ask.