‘Soul Care’ – Spiritual Maturity includes Childlike Faith
I had a hankering for Yakisoba noodles recently.
Since my tummy was beginning to growl after my dental appointment the other day, I decided to stop by a local restaurant and treat myself. (A treat following a visit to the dentist seemed quite appropriate!)
Sitting in the car in the restaurant parking lot, enjoying my ‘to-go’ chicken noodle bowl, I tuned the radio to a Christian station and listened to an interview with singer/songwriter, Fernando Ortega, whose music I appreciate. During the interview, he talked about a song he recently wrote entitled Mildred Madalyn Johnson. He sang the whimsical tune, which celebrates the life of an older woman who sounded a bit quirky—a bit childlike—and a whole lot delightful!
Ortega rented a room in Mildred Madalyn Johnson’s home when he was a young man starting out in his career, and she was an older woman engaged in passionate service to God by diligent service to others. The song honors the profound impact an elderly lady—a woman who loved driving a big red car even though she couldn’t see over the hood very far—had on a young man’s faith journey. His tribute warmed my heart.
The story of Mildred reminded me I’ve been aware my faith seems to be growing simpler—filled with more childlike trust—even though I believe I’ve grown in spiritual maturity since beginning my ‘soul-care’ discovery quest in January 2017.
Childlike simplicity in one’s faith journey, I believe, is a good thing!
Not childish—like the impetuous, demanding three-year-old. Childish faith insists God answer every request, and if God doesn’t show up according to an expectation, then, the petulant, spiritually-childish believer’s faith seems not worth the effort.
No, childlike faith isn’t childish insistence, but rather simple belief—like the youngster who has no doubt her daddy will catch her when she jumps.
Childlike faith is curious, asking questions—lots of questions.
Childlike faith persists, assured God has her best interest in mind.
Childlike faith is filled with wonder and expectancy.
Childlike faith not only believes, but trusts.
I think most would agree Albert Einstein was indeed a brilliant man. Perhaps it’s his great intelligence that makes these words he spoke seem especially significant:
Do not grow old, no matter how long you live.
Never cease to stand like curious children before
The Great Mystery into which we were born.
As one who is a Christ-follower, Jesus is the “Great Mystery” into which I was born, and these words of Jesus seem even more powerful than those of Einstein:
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.”
For you, my reader friend, who like me, longs to have a healthier soul, I’m praying each of us will mature in our discovery, even as we become more childlike in our faith…