“Mom, when I say the word ‘Lord’, I just want to sing! But is it OK that I don’t want to be a priest?”
I smiled as my 7-year-old guy jabbered along in the car. His thoughts move at the speed of a freight train, but at least today I could decipher some connections between sentences!
“That’s fine,” I assured him. “Remember, you are only seven right now. You just need to keep that door open in case God might be calling you to that vocation someday. Have you thought about becoming a deacon?” I suggested.
“No, I don’t think so. Is that bad?” he responded, obvious worry in his tone.
We dug deeper into our discussion as we journeyed along a road of pavement while examining his spiritual road to his vocation.
Suddenly, he interrupted. “Why am I even having this conversation? God’s in charge. He knows what’s going to happen. I don’t need to worry about it!”
And, just like that, the conversation was over and comments about Rex, our rooster, topped the priority list.
I couldn’t help but shake my head in amazement. As I did, however, a revelation hit me. His simplistic view on God’s providence and plan wasn’t just a naive, innocent statement. In truth, his words held a great lesson in wisdom for me.
Why do I worry so much? Why can’t I take on his faith and trust? For certain, life would be a whole lot easier!
Sometimes it takes the faith of a child to remind me just how responsible I am for some of the difficulties and frustrations that intrude my own life. The needle in the “Blame Game” points right back to me.
It’s so good to know that God has given us a reset button!
Having the faith of a child — innocent, faithful and WISE.
Today, let’s grab onto one worrying thought that we find traveling through our minds and give it to God. Let’s explain our concern to Him, adding, “Father, I hand this worry over to you and I am taking a leap of faith to believe that You will take care of it because I am Your child and You are my Loving Father.”
May God grant us all an innocent and child-like faith!
“Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.” John 14:27
Copyright 2016 Christina Nagy