Friday, January 20, 2012

Faith like a child



"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! (Matthew 7:7-11)
My son, Case, reminded me of this lesson last evening. I had given him a handful of those Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers for a snack. He would come over every now and then, with a cracker in his fingers and say, "Daddy eat one?" I'd thank him for sharing with me and eat one. 

Then he came over a few minutes later and said, "Daddy have these." He gave me his last two Goldfish crackers. I was rather taken aback that he would give me the last ones, but figured he was just tired of them. He walked away, looked over the toy trains that he'd been playing with for the last half-hour, then looked at his empty hands, apparently looking for crackers.

He slowly walked over to me and rather quietly asked, "More fishies, please, Daddy?"

I replied, "Absolutely, you may have more!", and proceeded to fill his little hand with "fishies". 

Someone may try to explain that away as a fickle, forgetful toddler changing his mind or whatever. I, however, saw a child that didn't give it a second thought that his father would give him what he asked for, that he didn't hesitate to give away his last cracker, knowing there were more where that came from. 

I then thought of how often I fail to have the very same faith in my Father that He will provide in the same way.
"[G]ive, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you."  (Luke 6:38)
How humbling to be reminded that He still has so much to teach me, and that He uses my own children to show me His Truths.