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Copyright: © ©1997 Linda Wacyk
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YOU CAN LEARN FROM A CHILD

By: Linda Wacyk

 

You can learn some important lessons by watching a child. For example, I never would have known that a solitary pea can survive in human saliva for more than two hours.

A small boy taught me the tough little legume will remain intact throughout a post-lunch story and an afternoon nap. The greater lesson, of course, is that while it is possible to coax a pea into a toddler’s mouth, you cannot make him ingest it.

As fascinating as that observation may be, some of the lessons we learn from children are much more profound. In fact, Jesus told us more than once that if we want to enter his Kingdom, we must receive it like a child does.

Author Elisabeth Elliot tells a wonderful story about how a child taught her what faith looks like. She describes a trip she took through an automatic car wash accompanied by her 2-year-old grandson and his father.

The little boy had never before experienced a car wash. Perched on the seat beside his father, his eyes widened in panic as the car entered the dark tunnel and became engulfed in a torrent of spray. Ready to lose control, he turned his eyes to the face of his father. Reassured that his father was not threatened by these new events, the boy settled into a wary curiosity.

At each new terror – giant brushes, wildly waving strips of cloth, roaring dryers – the little boy started with alarm. But rather than give way to fear, he turned and looked to his father. Seeing only cool confidence in the face he knew and loved so well, he abandoned his panic and curiously observed each terrifying event occurring just outside the safety of the car.

This little child knew the truth expressed by the ancient prophet Isaiah who said about God, “You will guard him and keep him in perfect peace whose mind is fixed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You and hopes confidently in You.” (Isaiah 26:3, Amplified Bible)

Many an innocent and inexperienced child (my own included) has collapsed in tears of terror under such circumstances. In choosing to watch and trust his father, however, this 2-year-old turned a frightening experience into an exciting adventure.

I’ve learned a lot by observing this child’s faith. When dark and angry forces enter my world, threatening my peace, my safety, my security, I try to remember to abandon my panic and look to the face of my heavenly Father.

These threats are no surprise to him. As my teens would say, He’s been there, done that, seen it all before. He can keep me in perfect peace when I obey his command to “worry about nothing, pray about everything.”

Easy? No, but if a 2-year-old child can rest in the safety and assurance of a father’s love, so can I.

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