I’ve always found it interesting how adults read young adult books. It’s seen as normal for a child to seek advice from an adult like their parent, guardian, grandparent or sibling, yet within stories many times the main character is actually a child. A child will make the big decision. The child had this huge flaw they overcame or at least tried too. A child is stuck in a difficult situation and usually without any adult supervision they make the grand choices. Whether it’s Harry Potter, Huckleberry Finn, or Nancy Drew a normal, functioned adult could learn a thing or two from a child in a book and that is pretty cool.
In the book of Matthew God explained to us how we must turn away from our mistakes and act not like adults, yet children when it comes to our faith. Now I don’t believe God was telling us to hang out in a play pen, yet to have faith in him no matter what. A child normally believes anything he or she was told. Not all children of course, yet many children grow up believing in Santa Claus. They believe this jolly ole fellow will slide down their chimney and deliver toys before Christmas day. Of course as adults we understand this isn’t true, yet a child will believe it. No matter what a child is told they will believe in Santa Claus, because of what Santa Claus means to them. God wants us to believe in Him. We can’t believe in God unless we put our full faith in Him like a child. A child’s faith is unbreakable. That is what a stable relationship with God should be.
As we read from a fictional story and understand the young protagonist journey lets think about having faith in God like that of a child. After all Jesus came into our world not as a man, yet as an infant child. Merry Christmas!