A Reminder of Dependence
We have a plethora of issues that we can worry about. We hear about these issues every day on the news. People are constantly being bombarded by the fear of war, a struggling economy, a divided nation, and very, very broken people who project their pain on others.
Yet, we can still be at ease knowing that joy, peace, love, and goodness are still active and alive, even in the midst of turmoil. I see this most when I spend time with a 9-year old girl named Ryland, and she reminds me that innocence and peace still exist in this world.
Ryland probably has a higher IQ than I do. She can read a story in Scripture and memorize it in an instant. She understands right and wrong; she understands the complex and disheartening circumstances that people go through. Her big brain can pick apart the reasoning behind why kids do “bad things”— why humans in general do “bad things”. But even as smart as she is, she is still simple. Her simplicity is seen in her lack of worry. She doesn’t fear the dark things of this world. She understands them, but she is more interested in painting pictures of cats rather than focusing on the seemingly daunting world that is just outside her front door.
Ryland knows that evil exists, but she does not entertain the thought of it. She is joyful, carefree, and she is innocent. Why? Well, she knows she is taken care of by her parents, and she trusts them to protect her from this world. She is completely dependent on her parents for guidance, care, and protection. That is how we should be with Jesus. We should rely so desperately, so completely on Him. That is the only way that fear, worry, doubt, and concern can be diminished in our lives.
This makes me question, what would this world be like if we operated like children, if we had the same mindset as they do? To know that there is danger in the world, conflict, financial burden, and pain, yet choosing to trust in our Caretaker rather than ourselves. We spend too much time worrying about our finances, worrying about our safety, worrying about the evil that surrounds us. We need to be reminded that we are protected and taken care of by Someone who is more powerful than any circumstance in this world. We are reminded of this in Matthew 6:25-34,
“’Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.’”
*Child’s name was changed due to confidentiality.