As I'm writing this, my five year old son is in the emergency room. He was playing in the park, when he decided to make like Superman and land on his chin. Thankfully, he didn't need stitches. The joy of having boys.
Isn't it interesting how children have no fear? Children honestly believe they can fly until gravity and pain remind them. I guess it's the same with us.
I wonder at what point does fear start to invade our being? When life somehow stops us from believing?
When I was a child, I was adventurous and took risks. I think back and cringe at the many things that could have killed me. I'm talking some crazy stuff okay?
But somewhere along the way, I too became afraid. I stopped believing. I stopped dreaming.
In Matthew 18:3, Jesus says, "Verily I say unto you, Except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven."
Another translation says this, "Unless you change and become like little children..."
Jesus is saying we need to be childlike, not childish. Being childlike is having a sense of wonder, purity and innocence. As adults, what I believe prevents us from being childlike is a hard heart.
We allow the hurt, pain, unforgiveness along the way to harden us. Our hearts become blocked by sin, where we are unable to see clearly.
Think of it like fog on a windshield or static from a radio. You can't see and you can't hear.
A broken heart is unable to tune into the right frequency.
However, do not despair for there is hope. God so desires to restore our broken hearts and give us a new one.
"I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh." Ezekiel 36:26
What a promise. I can tell you from firsthand experience, God is in the business of healing and restoration. We just have to be willing to go to Him with our broken hearts. He delights in making all things new.
Be encouraged today. God is not finished with you yet. The best is yet to come.
Do you struggle with fear? Unbelief? What is stopping you from believing in God's promises?