Tuesday, February 06, 2007

In Other Words




"I long to worship Jesus with the heart of a child, in a state of pure and true adoration. Yet so many things of the world cloud my thoughts and pull on my heart until it's no longer just a girl in the arms of the Father"
~ Darlene Schacht ~
"The Mom Complex"

When all of my children were babies there was a point in their growth that the safety of my arms securely wrapped around them could no longer keep them in my grasp. There was a point in which the noises in the room would slowly pull at their senses away from my loving touch and caress. They wanted to stay curled up against me, but the distractions were great and would slowly overtake them.
Then suddenly, without warning my babies would be back in my arms. And often if someone or something tried to remove them they would refuse. They were firmly fixed in place or steadfast about their position.
You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast,because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3

I long to worship with pure adoration like the heart of a child. But I am more like one of my own babies when I am standing before Him worshiping. My eyes are closed, my heart and mind are purely focused on Him. But then, slowly I open my eyes and begin to look away, notice those around me, my mind begins to wander, and before I know it I am as far away from the security of His presence without ever leaving the room.


In Matthew 18:3. Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."



Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 19:13-14


These verses reminds me of the value Jesus placed on the little children. It is their heart and faith that we are instructed to become like. It is pure, simple and uncomplicated

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14 comments:

MiPa said...

It is so easy to be distracted. I'm so glad, like your babies (and mine), we can run back to the Father's arms when we've let distractions pull us away. Thank you for sharing.

eph2810 said...

It is so true that when we take off our focus of Him (not only in worship) we get distracted. We even might wander down the wrong path.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this week's IOW quote.

Blessings on your day and always...

Amydeanne said...

still having little people clinging to me, I can relate! Great post!

Laurel Wreath said...

Distractions!! Uggg that ugly word. And so true.

Thank you so much for your lovely words of inspiration.

janiswrites said...

Losing our focus and becoming distracted is very easy, unfortunately. I have been struggling with this for a long time. The good news is that we get a new chance every single day! Thanks for sharing! Blessings!

Tammy said...

This was such a great illustration! So glad I stopped by from LW's...beautiful!

Sarah said...

It's when we stop running back into His arms that the trouble starts.

I loved your post thank you, to stay curled up on our Father's knee.

Becky said...

In worship services, I often sing with my eyes closed to prevent distractions, and it works. Now if I can just learn to focus with my eyes on Him.

Denise said...

I loved this, thank you.

Loni said...

A beautiful illustration. I am thankful God is always waiting with His arms open wide as though we have never left. Thanks for sharing.

Kelly said...

I long for that uncomplicated view on life that we have as a child. I realize, though, that it is my fault that things are complicated because of me! Thanks for these wonderful reflections. I love the way you make me think, Chris.

Carol said...

And teachable! Don't forget that children are teachable. Then they turn into teenagers. I notice Jesus didn't say, "Bring the teens!"

meLanie said...

how often do we just want to hold them and take care of them and they are kicking, knowing best. only to come to us and wrap their little arms around us ten minutes later after their way failed. our Father is so good. great post dear.

Cyndi said...

This was SO beautifully written, Chris. Wow.

Thank you so much!