Luke 18:13 - People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.

In recent years, I’ve been around small kids quite a bit more than during my teenage years and my early 20’s. With nephews and nieces and kids of my own, one thing I noticed (and envied) about them, especially when they were very young, was their ability to live rather carefree lives. They danced and pranced and walked around like they owned the places that they were in. They didn’t worry about a thing because their needs were met. They were cleaned when they got dirty. They were fed when they got hungry. They were clothed well when they got cold. They had the comfort of their parents when they got scared. Through all the challenges they faced, they knew that they could count on their parents to help them.

When I read this passage from Luke today, I was reminded of these thoughts and it made me reflect on my own relationship with my heavenly Father. I realized that I worry too much about things that are often out of my control. Rather than turn to Him, I often try to get things done on my own, leading to frustration and burnout.

Lord, would you help me to have faith like a small child and trust in You completely today? Help me to lay down my burdens and bring them to You so that I can have the peace and joy that only You can give me.