“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” –Ephesians 2:8-10
I love kids. The things they say and do always seem to bring a smile to my face. I recently started teaching swimming lessons again, and so interact with all different ages of kids weekly. Let me tell you, I just LOVE spending time with them! Yes, some are fun, some are whiny, others stubborn and some are perfect students. But I just LOVE that kids are never afraid to really express how they feel and be real in every situation. In fact, I don’t think hiding anything even comes to their minds!
While teaching lessons, I am reminded of how we are supposed to have faith like children. It is interesting how some trust me completely and are not afraid of the water. Others, are afraid of the water and put their trust in me to guide them and help them float, as long as I keep a hand just under them. And still others, remain afraid of the water and do not trust me to help them. They remain in their fear throughout the whole less, missing the chance to learn and grow because they are so focused on their fear.
“For I am the LORD your God, who upholds your right hand, Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’” –Isaiah 41:13
We often react in one of those three ways when it comes to trusting the Lord as well. Many times He may be teaching us something that challenges our current skills. We may trust Him and take the leap, trying something we may or may not be comfortable with and learn and grow. Or,we could be like those kids who trust Him, but need Him to help guide us because we don’t believe we can swim on our own. Or maybe, we’re like those kids who are so afraid of something that we rely on assistance constantly. We do not have have faith that our Teacher knows what is best for us, thus we miss the chance to learn and grow.
What really amazes me though are the children who still have a little fear but have the faith in me to guide them slowly and teach them what they need to know to succeed. At first, It seems impossible to them, as they are not comfortable with their Situation or the water. Bit their faith is ultimately what opens the door for them to learn, grow and reach the next level. We too can learn to have faith like those children, learning and succeeding and growing closer to the Lord.
“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, ‘Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, and said, ‘Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me;’” –Matthew 18:1-5
He is our teacher. Trust Him. Do not let fear trump faith. Have faith the He is with you, is teaching you things and that you will grow in Him. Have faith that when you are called to do something that may seem uncomfortable to you, that Jesus has a calling on your life and the Lord has a plan.
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” -Hebrews 11:1-3, 6
Check out all of Hebrews 11 for a list of those who had faith in the Lord and how they followed the Lord’s plan, no matter how uncomfortable it seemed at the time.