Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Like a Child

"For You have hidden these things 
from the wise and learned, 
and revealed them to little children." Matt 11

One of the reasons we are commanded 
to be childlike in our faith 
is that children are free from restrictions of thought. 
Flying, time travel, fairy tale and hero 
are all part of a child's thought life. 
Obstacles signal adventure. 
Characters die and are resurrected 
all the time in cartoons.

I was reading in Isaiah 43 this morning.
"Fear not, for I have redeemed you...
When you pass through the waters, 
I will be with you, and through the rivers, 
they will not overwhelm you. 
When you walk through the fire, 
you will not be burned or scorched, 
nor will the flame kindle upon you..
I am the Lord, your Holy One, 
Who makes a way through the sea 
and a path through the mighty waters..."

Only the childlike can be assured that though we are 
head deep in waters, our Hero is with us.
Though we are in raging rivers, 
our Hero leads the way.
Though we are in a fire, 
our Hero keeps the flame away.

Imagery in the Bible is grand.
The writers were never looking for 
tame language that people could relate to.
They were looking to Christ,
the One whom all language had to describe.
When we imagine biblically,
our reality expands.
Father, help me see You and Your ways 
and walk this day through faith--as a child.
Whatever reasonableness I have picked up
that allows me to discount--even just a little--
the beauty of Your grand narrative
and the truth of Your ways,
would you help me to push it back far enough 
to see You for Who You really are.
Grant me a pure heart
and a childlike faith
that I may see You--for real.

2 comments:

  1. I am glad that Father writes so descriptively too. :) He leaves room for imagining in-between the lines!

    I am reminded of a quote from L'Engle that I've had a hard time forgetting...:

    “The artist, if he is not to forget how to listen, must retain the vision which includes angels and dragons and unicorns and all the lovely creatures which our world would put in a box marked 'Children Only.'” p14, Walking on Water

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